Bear tranquillized after wandering into Ottawa's ByWard Market

Conservation officers have tranquillized a bear that wandered into Ottawa's downtown ByWard Market neighbourhood after police shut down streets to deal with the furry visitor.

Streets closed in the area after caller reported to police that the bear was following people

A bear lies in a tree behind a duplex in Ottawa's ByWard Market on Thursday. Conservation officers tranquillized the furry visitor. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)

Conservation officers have tranquillized a bear that wandered into Ottawa's downtown ByWard Market neighbourhood after police shut down streets to deal with the furry visitor. 

Police set up a perimeter around a "full-size black bear" sitting calmly in a tree in the market, around Dalhousie and Murray streets, and were asking people to avoid the area.

The person who called 911 at about 3:20 a.m. ET said the bear had been following people.

After tranquillizing the bear, conservation officers from the National Capital Commission lowered it out of the tree on a rope with the help of firefighters.

The male bear, a 70-kilogram juvenile between 18 and 24 months old, was carried into a portable container and transported to a wooded area outside the city.

The NCC said it didn't know from which direction the bear had come, or how it  apparently made it into the heart of the city before it was spotted.

Roads reopened shortly after the bear was removed.

A bear that was tranquilized in a tree in Ottawa's downtown ByWard Market was lowered to the ground with a rope and placed in a cage to be taken away. (Christian Milette/Radio-Canada)

On Thursday afternoon the NCC confirmed the bear had been tagged and released in "excellent shape."

In another incident this week, a bear was also spotted in the area around the Gatineau Hospital on Wednesday, leading police to ask people to stay inside as experts worked to trap it.

Police said the bear eventually walked away to a more suitable habitat.

CBC's Giacomo Panico is in the Byward Market where police have contained a black bear. 6:56