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Elusive bear found in backyard and returned to wild

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Bear at Lacamas Park // Photo: Tom Fisher Bear at Lacamas Park // Photo: Tom Fisher
A bear at Lacamas Park tries to get every last drop out of a McDonald's soft drink. // Photo: Tom Fisher A bear at Lacamas Park tries to get every last drop out of a McDonald's soft drink. // Photo: Tom Fisher
The bear after being tranquilized Friday in a neighborhood near Lacamas Lake The bear after being tranquilized Friday in a neighborhood near Lacamas Lake
CAMAS, WA (KPTV) -

A bear spotted at Lacamas Park in southwest Washington over the last few weeks made its way into a nearby neighborhood Friday.

Fish and Wildlife workers found the bear, tranquilized it and returned it to the wild.

Reports about the bear started coming in about two weeks ago. The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife set out a trap, but the bear never took the bait.

Tom Fisher, from Vancouver, went out for an evening stroll and spotted the small bear, possibly a cub, about 20 feet off the trail Monday evening. He said the bear didn't appear to be scared of people and was even spotted drinking out of a cup that looked like it was from McDonald's.

At 11 a.m. Friday, authorities received a call about a bear wandering through backyards southwest of Lacamas Lake.

Fish and Wildlife workers responded, along with Camas Police. Barking dogs helped officers track the bear to a backyard where it was found underneath a tree.

Officers tranquilized the bear and then relocated it into an area away from people.

They said it's a cub, probably about 1 year old. Investigators believe today's bear is the same one spotted over the last few weeks and they don't believe there are any more bears in the immediate area.

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