Tranquilizer dart ends black bear's school visit

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A young black bear that visited a northern Idaho middle school whose mascot is a grizzly bear has been captured and will be returned to the wild.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports ( ) that Idaho Fish and Game officials tranquilized the bear after it climbed down from a large tree at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wayne Wakkinen of Fish and Game says it's a young bear likely on its own for the first time. He says it was looking for a place to live when it came across Woodland Middle School - home of the Grizzlies - in Coeur d'Alene.

He says the bear is being released in a remote area.

School Resource Officer Tom Sparks says school continued as usual but lunch was held inside.


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