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Bear euthanized after being removed from Grand Forks park

A black bear moves around in the upper limbs of a cottonwood tree in University Park Monday. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The bear that wandered into Grand Forks’ University Park and climbed up a tree Monday was euthanized, police said Tuesday.

A Facebook post from the Grand Forks Police Department said the animal was taken out of town for medical examination.

Veterinarians concluded the bear wouldn’t survive and it was humanely euthanized, the post said.

Police received reports of a bear near Industrial Park around 4:30 a.m. Monday. Although police tried to prevent the bear from heading toward town, it climbed a tree in University Park around 9 a.m. The bear got down and walked into a neighborhood before again settling into a tall tree in the park.

Police tranquilized the bear around 7 p.m. with help from The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Grand Forks Park District, wildlife specialists and a veterinarian from the Red River Zoo.

Officers secured one of the animal’s legs and it was lowered to the ground using a crane-type machine.

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