Black bear tranquilized, removed after chase through NE Portland neighborhood

Black bear tranquilized, removed after chase through NE Portland neighborhood »Play Video
(Photo: Portland Fire and Rescue)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police and wildlife officers tranquilized a black bear after a chase through a Northeast Portland neighborhood Wednesday morning.

Police followed the bear through several yards near Northeast 36th Avenue and Killingsworth Street. 

An Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officer arrived and shot the bear with a tranquilizer dart while it was in a tree near Northeast 37th Avenue and Jessup Street.

Portland Fire and Rescue crews were called in to use ladders to safely remove the bear from a tree. They put a harness on the bear and lowered it about 35 feet to the ground just before 8 a.m.

The bear was not hurt.

ODFW took the bear away from the area. Officials told KATU they will release it in an undisclosed location.

Neighbors were asked to stay inside until police secured the area. Police said the bear, described as 3-feet tall and 5-feet long, was not aggressive or threatening.

The bear sighting was first reported just after 3 a.m. A neighbor called police to report the bear had broken through several fences.

Police activated an emergency notification system to alert neighbors in the immediate area and tell them to stay in their homes.