Bear wanders into downtown Redding

Nov 17, 2014 11:49 AM by News Staff

Authorities in Redding are puzzled by a bear spotted wandering near city hall.

The Redding Record Searchlight reports the bear was seen near Redding's city hall Sunday morning. Redding police Sgt. Ron Icely tells the newspaper that the bear also was seen near a local Safeway store, and on someone's roof (

Icely says state wildlife officials tranquilized the bear after it climbed a tree. Icely says the bear is unharmed and will be returned to the wild.

Icely says authorities have seen unusual numbers of bears wandering into the heart of the city recently. State wildlife officials say they don't know why that is happening, although some believe California's drought is forcing animals to look for food and water in places they normally wouldn't.

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