PARAMUS, N.J. (WABC) --A baby bear has been tranquilized and removed from a tree where it spent several hours in Paramus, N.J.
Rescuers said that the bear, which was shot with a tranquilizer dart around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, fell into a net below the tree and is safe. It will be removed from the area in a cage and taken to the nearest wildlife management area, a natural setting close to where the bear comes from.
The tree where the cub was found is at 610 Winters Ave., which is near a school.
The bear is a 98-pound-male yearling, about 2 years old. It likely came from northwestern Bergen County, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
It seemed healthy, but was not tagged, meaning it had never been encountered by state DEP's researchers.
According to the state DEP, a bear cub would not be a threat to humans and would likely be more scared of them. This appears to be a young bear that stumbled into human territory.