Black bear eludes wildlife agents in Lakewood

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LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A tranquilized bear has eluded Washington wildlife agents in a Lakewood neighborhood.

Sgt. Ted Jackson told KOMO Radio it isn’t easy looking for a black bear in the dark before dawn Friday, even with the help of a trained tracking dog.

Around 6:30 a.m., Jackson said the effects of the tranquilizer are likely wearing off, and the bear could be moving faster.

An officer hit the bear with a tranquilizer dart earlier Friday morning, but it was able to escape over several fences in the neighborhood where it has been spotted over the past week.

Jackson says police are helping watch for the bear as children head to school.

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Information from: KOMO-AM, http://www.komoradio.com/