MARQUETTE -?A black bear was tranquilized and removed from an eastside neighborhood Sunday afternoon.
The 150-pound, 2-year-old, male bear was spotted early in the morning in the 300 block of East Michigan Street, according to Marquette City Police. Police corralled the bear between Michigan and Ohio streets before calling in officials from the Michigan Department of Resources and Environment to assist.
Brian Roell, wildlife biologist from the DNRE, said that he was called at home to assist the police when they were unable to get the bear to leave on its own.
The 150-pound male bear was spotted in a residential area. (Journal photo by Claire Abent)
Brian Roell, a wildlife biologist from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, prepares to tranquilize the black bear that had been corralled in a backyard by police officers on Sunday. (Journal photo by Claire Abent)
The bear is napping in the backyard of a house on East Michigan Street. (Journal photo by Claire Abent)
"The best practice is try to move that animal and let it get out of town," Roell said. "But the animal decided to hold up there."
The bear was tranquilized around 1 p.m. Roell said that it was an extremely successful darting.
"I was able to successfully dart the animal. I could get close enough and it worked out really well," he said.
The bear was then removed from the neighborhood and transported to an area outside of the city, where it was released back into the forest, Roell said.
Roell said that reports of bear sightings in the area, especially around the U.S. Coast Guard station, had been coming in for a number of days prior to the incident.
If people see bears, or any other kind of wildlife in town, contact authorities and leave the animal alone.
"If someone does think they have a bear in town, just report it to the local authorities. And don't try to have any contact with it," he said.
Claire Abent can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.