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Bear found, safely removed from Provo neighborhood

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 08:42:35-04

PROVO, Utah — A bear found in a Provo neighborhood, Tuesday afternoon, was safely tranquilized and will be relocated, authorities confirmed.

The report of a bear sighting came into Provo Police Dispatch at 1:25 p.m. According to police, the animal, about 2 years old and 350 pounds, was spotted wandering near one of the homes in a subdivision along the river in Provo Canyon in the area of Mile High Drive.

Police say it is unusual for a bear to be seen in that area, however there are bears in the mountains above Provo Canyon.

Police and animal control located the animal in a tree. The Division of Wildlife Resources was contacted and they were able to tranquilize it and will relocate the bear.