A bear that climbed up a tree in North Carolina has climbed down safely.
MyFox8.com set live camera set up to watch the little guy, who was stuck near the A&T softball field in Greensboro. After at least three hours of hanging out in the tree -- and plenty of public excitement -- the cub left the area and headed for the A&T campus.
At about 9:22 a.m., the cub was spotted near Highway 29. Police and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission were on the scene for a short time. Animal control authorities declined to go to the site and tranquilize the bear, the News & Record reported.
Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins didn't immediately return calls for comment. It wasn't immediately clear what became of the bear.
BEFORE YOU GO
05/29/2013 3:13 PM EDT
Bear On North Carolina A&T Campus
The campus issued a statement at 3 p.m.:
“Today a bear was spotted in a tree on US Highway 29. The bear is presently on campus behind the DeHuguley Building near the gas pump. University Police Department is requesting the university community to stay away from the area and not provoke or harass the bear. University Police Department & Greensboro Police Department will continue monitoring the status of the bear.”
05/29/2013 2:21 PM EDT
Officers Follow As Bear Waltzes Around
The bear walked to an underpass near the highway. Officers are in pursuit.
05/29/2013 2:17 PM EDT
BEAR CLIMBS DOWN!
He climbed down on his own. No word on his health status. HE BEARLY MADE IT!
05/29/2013 2:03 PM EDT
Bear Live Stream Is Back!
The bear is looking relaxed, but he's still in the tree.
05/29/2013 1:59 PM EDT
Why Won't The Wildlife Resource Commission Get The Bear Down?
The WRC provided additional reasons why they won’t trap or relocate the bear:
- This would simply move the problem, rather than solve it. The solution is to modify your habits and prevent this bear and other bears from being attracted to your home and neighborhood.
- Most conflicts do not warrant trapping. For example, a bear simply being in a neighborhood is not necessarily threatening or cause for trapping.
- In most cases, people are the cause of the problem and the best long-term solution involves removal of attractants (bird feeders, unsecured garbage) rather than destruction of the bear.
- Simply catching every bear that someone sees is not an option; we have no remote places left to relocate bears where they will not come into contact with humans.
- Relocated bears often return to the place they were originally captured.
- The process of catching bears is difficult, and can be more dangerous for the bear, the public, and those involved in the capture. It is best to let the bear take its natural course out of the neighborhood or city.
05/29/2013 1:44 PM EDT
Police Leave The Area
Police officers near the bear are backing away from the area, the News-Record reports. They're hoping the bear will leave the area on its own.
05/29/2013 1:31 PM EDT
Live Feed Cutting Out
It's unclear what's going on with the live feed, but as far as we know, the bear is still in the tree. Stay tuned.
05/29/2013 1:14 PM EDT
HuffPost Green Editor Speaks Out
"We hope the bear is OK," HuffPost Green Editor Joanna Zelman tells HuffPost Weird News.
05/29/2013 1:09 PM EDT
Bear Exercising God-Given Right To Bear Arms
We both salute him and worry for him.
05/29/2013 1:01 PM EDT
Bear Hugs Tree
The bear appeared to be attempting to climb higher, but he opted for lounging some more.