Black bear found in Opelika, sedated then released back into wild

Courtesy: Donovan Singer, Overhead Door Company

UPDATE: The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division posted on their Facebook page late Wednesday evening that the bear was successfully released back into the wild.

OPELIKA, Ala — Alabama game wardens confirm a black bear that was seen wandering near businesses and climbing trees on Jeter Avenue is sedated and being transferred to a safe location.

Police say this is likely the same bear that was seen wandering through Lanett and Valley since Monday.

Reports throughout the last few days say the bear was first seen in the wooded area across the street from Lanett High School. Later, it crossed I-85 into Valley and was seen Tuesday night at a truck stop outside Cusseta.

From there, several police reports say the black bear moved back towards Opelika where it was seen in wooded areas behind Samford Avenue. Opelika animal control says it traveled to many locations around Opelika Wednesday morning.

By noon, game wardens armed with tranquilizer darts chased the bear out of a tree on Plum Avenue.

Police now have the bear in a trailer and say it will be contained until release back into the wild. Animal control says it has not yet been decided where the bear will be released.


An unknown user is posting to a Twitter page made for the bear:

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