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Black bear spotted near Freya exit off I-90

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Black bear spotted off I-90 between Altamont and Freya exits Black bear spotted off I-90 between Altamont and Freya exits

KHQ - Just after 5am on Friday, authorities were notified of a young black bear roaming the around the south side of I-90 between the Altamont and Freya exits. Spokane Police and Fish and Wildlife arrived on scene and followed the bear from there. The bear ran across I-90 and then about 30-feet up a tree in a field near the intersection of Fiske and Pacific on the north side of I-90.

Fish and Wildlife then shot the black bear with two tranquilizer darts because the first dart was not effective alone. Once the bear fell asleep, it fell out of the tree and onto a green tarp that authorities held above the ground to break the fall. Authorities told us the tranquilizer would put the bear out for about two hours, giving them enough to take the bear to the Department of Fish and Wildlife to tag the bears and then take him someplace safe to be released.

The black bear appeared to be a young male bear, weighing about 150 pounds.

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