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Black Bear Wanders Into Va Dormitory

Mon., June 3, 1996

A black bear was on his way back to the woods Sunday after wandering through the Veterans Affairs Domiciliary.

A VA police officer spotted the bear wandering through a set of automatic doors into the patient dormitory.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sent a biologist and Jackson County Fire District 3 sent a crew. They chased the bear out of the building and shot it with a tranquilizer dart, but instead of falling asleep, it climbed a tree. They shot the bear again, but it still didn’t crawl down. They got a net and shot it a third time, catching it when it fell.

The bear will be tagged and released into the wild, state biologist Marv Wolfer said.



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