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Tualatin bear released back into wild

Bear released in woods outside of Carlton, Ore.
by: Photo courtesy of ODFW

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have released a 200-pound black bear that spent most of Wednesday near an elementary school.

The bear, which was first seen walking down 95th Avenue in Tualatin at about 5:45 a.m., spent the majority of the morning outside nearby Tualatin Elementary School, which was postponed and later canceled due to the bear's presence.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement that the bear, which first appeared a bit groggy as it stepped out of its containment carrier, was released into an aspen grove west of Carlton at about 11 a.m., Thursday.

According to Fish and Wildlife the bear was in good condition and appeared healthy.

Biologists wanted to make sure the bear was in good health before it was released into the wild.

'We're glad there was a happy ending to this story,' said Don VandeBergh, the Fish and Wildlife wildlife biologist who tranquilized the bear in a tree one block from the school.

According to Fish and Wildlife, the spot where the bear was released was selected for an abundance of food, water and cover.

Read more about the bear's visit to Tualatin here