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November 4, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Tranquilized bear captured in Lakewood

Update: The bear on the loose in Lakewood has been captured. To read our story, click here.ORIGINAL POST: Police and wildlife agents in Lakewood, Pierce County, are searching for a black bear that fled after twice being tranquilized this morning.

Lakewood Police Chief Brett Farrar said that they received 911 calls about a bear in the Tyee Park neighborhood. Farrar and other officers spent the night chasing the bear; they have since turned the case over to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fish and Wildlife agents shot the bear with a tranquilizer dart this morning, but the animal took off running, Farrar said. Agents, a tracking dog and Lakewood police are still searching for it, he added.

Fish and Wildlife Capt. Dan Brinson said that the bear was “darted” a second time just before 9 a.m.

“It looks like a pretty big one, maybe 200 pounds,” Brinson said. “Ideally the darts would take effect in five to 10 minutes but the problem is there are so many different variables.”

Brinson said that the potency of the tranquilizer can vary depending on where the animal is hit and whether the dart lodges in to the skin and stays in place.

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