The bear had been wandering a residential area of Arlington, Massachusetts before climbing the tree. Shortly after 10 a.m. Eastern Time, police said the bear was successfully tranquilized. The bear then climbed down from the tree, with officers setting up mattresses around the tree.
Update: The bear is in the Mass Enviornmental Police truck. He is safe, unharmed and on the way to western Mass #ArlingtonMA Thank you to all agencies involved for the best possible outcome. pic.twitter.com/GHTt6lQPzk— Arlington, MA Police (@ArlingtonMAPD) May 17, 2019
After the bear came down, it was then loaded into a truck and driven away from the scene. The bear was not injured, authorities said.
Authorities said they would take the bear to a state forest or wildlife sanctuary in western Massachusetts.
Police had issued warnings to residents to stay away from the area of Washington and Overlook and to keep pets inside.