Conservation officers in Ottawa have retrieved a sleeping bear cub that had been tranquilized while perched on a tree branch, 30 feet above the ground, at a backyard in Kanata.

Ottawa police officers and Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers were called to a home on Equestrian Drive in the Bridlewood neighbourhood early Wednesday morning after the young black bear was spotted in the tree.

The bear was hit with a tranquilizer dart and fell asleep, leaving the challenge of how to get the bear down.


Conservation officers took the tranquilized bear after it was brought down from the tree. ((Ashley Burke/CBC))

Conservation officers climbed a ladder and tried grabbing the bear's leg and pulling it down. They then tried using a long-poled saw to cut down the branch the bear was resting on, but were unsuccessful.

Finally, a tree climber armed with a chainsaw took down the bear and a sizeable chunk of the tree. The 300-pound bear tumbled down onto a cushion of leaves and branches, and it was then loaded into a cage and transported outside of the city.

Bear sightings have been frequent this spring in the National Capital region.

On Monday night, two people were killed in western Quebec when a car hit a bear crossing Highway 148 and sent the animal through the windshield of an SUV travelling in the opposite direction.