A black bear cub wreaked havoc for hours on Sunday in a Montreal neighborhood, requiring three doses of tranquilizer before authorities could finally capture it.
Alerted to the presence of the lion cub in the early afternoon, police cordoned off several streets in Dorval, a municipality west of Montreal airport, according to police spokesperson Raphael Bergeron.
Residents were told to stay indoors as dozens of police officers, firefighters, Department of Wildlife officers and Animal Rescue volunteers searched for the bear.
The little one, just a few months old, was first trapped in a residential yard before climbing a tree, according to Bergeron.
Game wardens used guns to administer “three doses of the sedative, but the bear remained alert and descended the tree before escaping to another yard,” Animal Rescue said in a Facebook post.
The little one finally climbed onto another tree, where he dozed off. Firefighters put airbags on the ground in case he fell.
The bear was captured several hours later.
“We were able to grab it with a pole and lower it to the foot of the tree, where it could be secured,” Animal Rescue said.
The little one will be released “in an environment that suits him better”.
According to Bergeron, the presence of a bear so close to Montreal, especially in an urban area near an airport, is “very rare”.
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