What’s black, walks on all fours, and was spotted in downtown Ottawa?
Police close streets as black bear takes a stroll
Move over, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
A black bear stole the spotlight in Canada’s capital city on Thursday.
Somebody saw the bear after it wandered into Ottawa’s downtown ByWard Market neighbourhood and called 911 at about 3:20 a.m. ET..
Eventually, the bear made its way up a tree.
Police were on the scene to keep people away from the bear. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)
Police shut down the streets and asked people to avoid the area.
It was a surprising start to the day for some people in the neighbourhood, like Meagan Clumpus.
Conservation officers from the National Capital Commission managed to give the bear a tranquilizer — a drug to put it to sleep.
Firefighters helped lower the bear out of the tree using some rope.
Then, they put it in a cage.
Officials said the plan is to release the bear back into the wild.
The bear was put to sleep and moved into a cage. (Christian Millette/CBC)
The police said it’s unusual to see bears in the area, although another one was seen in the city just yesterday.
That bear was directed back into the woods.
It’s not yet clear why these animals are ending up in the city.
A second bear was seen near the Gatineau Hospital in the Ottawa area earlier this week. (Anne Lalande)
What to do if you see a bear:
- Don’t run. Walk away slowly.
- Go inside a building or car if there’s one nearby.
- If the bear doesn’t leave, wave your arms and make noise to scare it away.