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PHOTO: Bear cub spotted in residential area of Northwest Arkansas

By Jaime Dunaway

This article was originally published June 14, 2018 at 3:54 p.m. Updated June 15, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Huntsville residents spotted a baby bear sleeping in a tree Tuesday.


Authorities in Arkansas said a baby bear spent the night in a tree after wandering into a residential area Monday night.

Residents in Huntsville spotted the cub about 100 feet up in a tree on Lee Avenue and alerted the city's Police Department, which notified the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, according to a post on the department's Facebook page.

Wildlife officers said the bear could die falling out of the tree if it was tranquilized and advised residents to leave it alone. The babies often do not have mothers to keep them from venturing into the cities, the agency said, but the cubs eventually leave on their own.

The bear spent the night in the tree before making its way back to the woods Tuesday, according to police Capt. Josh Herring.

No one was hurt or in any danger, the Facebook post states.

Herring said it was the second baby bear in about a year to appear in the city limits. A city park was shut down last year while wildlife officers trapped another cub that had wandered into the area.

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