Bear Captured Near Bucks County Shopping Center

Officials believe same bear was spotted on play equipment in backyard a day before

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    A black bear that was seen roaming around in the Buckingham Township on Wednesday reappeared early Thursday morning in Warrington Township. Animal control would later tranquilize the animal and transport the 2-year-old bear back to the an area near the Pocono Mountains. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn reports. (Published Thursday, Jun 20, 2013)

    A black bear has been captured near a Bucks County shopping center.

    The bear was first sighted around 9:30 a.m. Thursday near Street Road and Valley Square Boulevard in Warrington, Pa., according to Warrington Police.

    The wooded-area is located near a busy Wegman's supermarket and The Shops at Valley Square shopping center.

    Officials with the Bucks County Fish and Game Commission eventually located the bear and were able to snag it with a tranquilizer shot. The animal, which had a tag on its ear, then scurried high up in a tree.

    Bucks County Officials Capture Black Bear

    [PHI] Bucks County Officials Capture Black Bear
    Bucks County officials managed to sedate a bear that was stuck in a tree in Warrington by using a tranquilizer gun to shoot it with a dart. NBC10's Keith Jones reports. (Published Thursday, Jun 20, 2013)

    After spending about 30 minutes aloft, the bear fell to the ground where it was taken away by state wildlife officials.

    More than a dozen people took photos with smartphones as officials put the bear, on a stretcher, inside a large holding container.

    Fish and Game Commission representatives say the bear is around 2-years-old.

    Officials say the bear has not been in the area before, but is believed to be the same animal seen Wednesday in neighboring Buckingham, Pa.

    Bear Captured in Bucks County

    [PHI] Bear Captured in Bucks County
    A black bear was spotted and eventually captured near a Bucks County shopping Center Thursday. (Published Thursday, Jun 20, 2013)

    A NBC10 viewer captured a picture of the bear sitting on top of play equipment in the backyard of a home at Springtown Road and Winter Bridge Lane.

    Officials have not said whether they will release the bear back into the wild or keep it in captivity.