NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A bear spotted in downtown New Britain neighborhood has been tranquilized and will be relocated.
The bear was found stuck in a tree just days after officials issued a warning to residents to be on the lookout.
Guests at the La Quinta Hotel on Columbus Boulevard got a good look at the bear that climbed up a tree behind the hotel Monday morning.
"We're staying here from Maine, haven't seen a bear up there," said Meryl Freeman.
"This is a first. Surprising me to say, I saw a bear in New Britain," said Jeffrey Gumbs. "Ya know, early in the morning, shocks me."
The bear was shot with a sedative while up in the tree, and eventually it fell to the ground, missing the netting set up to catch it. Authorities say he wasn't injured in the fall.
"Unfortunately he missed the net, but I looked at the ground over there and it's very, very soft. It was pretty. When he hit, I had a reaction, I was worried. He seemed to be okay now," said Daniel Kelly.
DEEP officials say the bear fell between 16-20 feet. Officials say bears in the wild are known to fall similar distances without getting injured.
The 365 pound bear will be taken to Burlington to be examined and then he will be released in an undisclosed location in North-Western Connecticut.
The bear had no tags, indicating this was his first encounter with environmental police.
On Friday an alert had gone out warning residents to be aware of bears spotted sniffing around neighborhoods.
"I was like, my god, I'm glad he wasn't walking the streets last night and I ran into him," Kelly said. "That's all I can say, ya know."
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