Bear Spotted In Tree In Fort Smith Neighborhood

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — A black bear has been spotted in Fort Smith, this time in a tree at a home on Colton Dr. off of Massard Rd.

On Friday evening (June 7) Arkansas Game and Fish along with Fort Smith Police shot the bear with a tranquilizer gun. They were then able to safely catch the bear with a tarp as it dropped from the tree.

Officials believe this is the same black bear that was seen at Chaffee Crossing earlier in the week.

"This one probably got lost somewhere along the way and couldn't find his way out and kept going north instead of south and ended up in someone's backyard," said Myron Means with Game & Fish. "When they don't have an escape route or an easy way to get out of town, we'll come and capture them and relocate them," Means said.

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