Black bear killed after seen climbing trees in Norman backyard


NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) – It was a bizarre situation for homeowners in Norman on Wednesday night.

Officials say a young black bear was seen roaming through yards and climbing trees in the area of Berry and Lindsey in Norman around 9:35 p.m. on Wednesday.

Norman police, fire crews, and workers with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife rushed to the scene to try to tranquilize the animal.

However, officials ran out of tranquilizer darts, which also did not appear to be working effectively on the bear.

Wildlife officials made the decision to shoot and kill the 150-pound male bear.

Video captured at the scene appears to show the bear struggling to walk after being tranquilized and falling from a tree.

At this point, it is unclear exactly where the bear came from and how it got to the neighborhood, though the same bear may have been captured on a trail camera in Purcell earlier.

Wildlife officials say bears often wander after hibernation in search of food and a mate.

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