Wandering bear caught in Camas neighborhood

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: April 26, 2013, 10:37 PM

 

Wildlife officials captured a bear early Friday afternoon that had been spotted near Lacamas Lake.

Around 11:20 a.m., Camas police notified Washington State Fish and Wildlife officials that the bear was in the 1700 block of 31st Court. With 30 minutes, Sgt. Jeffrey Wickersham and a few other officers arrived in the area and found the bear lying under a tree in a neighbor's backyard. They used a dart gun to sedate the bear and removed it from the property

"It couldn't have gone better," Wickersham said.

The bear had apparently been wandering down one of the main streets in the residential area.