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Bear trees itself just outside a middle school in Coeur d'Alene

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A 3-year-old black bear found its way on to the Woodland Middle School grounds before climbing up a pine tree where is spent several hours while officials with Idaho Fish and Game waited for it to come down.

"The bear just started climbing up the tree and so i just sat back and watched it for a while. But he got pretty way up, almost to the top of that tree, which is pretty tall," says Jack Abravanel who was just one of many onlookers that gathered around.

"I thought it was pretty cool. I've been here 20 years and never seen a bear before, not even in the woods," says Katie Dotts.

While fish and game waited for the bear the school sent emails notifying parents what was happening, telling them students and faculty were being kept inside until the bear was removed.

Once the bear began to climb down from the tree, Fish and Game officials shot it with a tranquilizer dart and followed it to a nearby baseball field until the drugs kicked in. The animal was caged and hauled the bear away to be put back out in the wild.

"We'll probably take him up to probably the Coeur d'Alene river drainage and let him out in some better bear habitat, where I think he's going to be a little more comfortable," said Idaho Fish and Game Regional Manager Wayne Wakkinen.

Wakkinen says bears are common in the panhandle, but not known to show up in residential areas.

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