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Wild bear that broke into S. Idaho zoo captured

UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018

A wild black bear broke into Zoo Idaho in Pocatello and climbed a high tree. Idaho Fish and Game is waiting for the bear to come down to a safe height to tranquilize it. (City of Idaho)
A wild black bear broke into Zoo Idaho in Pocatello and climbed a high tree. Idaho Fish and Game is waiting for the bear to come down to a safe height to tranquilize it. (City of Idaho)
By Christina Lords Idaho Statesman

POCATELLO, Idaho – An eastern Idaho zoo reopened Tuesday after wildlife officials captured a wild black bear that somehow made it past a perimeter fence and climbed a large tree.

Officials with the city of Pocatello say wildlife officers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game captured the bear and put on a collar and ear tag for tracking.

Zoo Idaho Director Peter Pruett said the bear climbed a Ponderosa pine and was about 50 feet off the ground at one point.

Pruett said the zoo already has two black bears and doesn’t need another.

Officials say the bear is likely a young male looking for new territory.

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