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Darted black bear eludes agents in Lakewood, Wash.

Tranquilized black bear eludes wildlife agents, tracking dog in Lakewood, Wash., neighborhood By The Associated Press

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) ' A black bear alarmed residents of a Lakewood neighborhood and then escaped from Washington wildlife agents even though it was tranquilized and tracked by a bear dog.

Sgt. Ted Jackson told KOMO Radio the bear got away over backyard fences Friday and may have found refuge in a greenbelt.

The bear appears to be a couple of years old and could weigh several hundred pounds. It has been spotted over the past week in the Lakewood-Fort Lewis area.

Agents responded to 911 calls and shot the bear with the tranquilizer dart about 6 a.m. Friday. That failed to slow it down, and it even eluded the agents' Karelian bear dog.

Police also were in the neighborhood helping watch for the bear as children headed to school.


Information from: KOMO-AM,

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