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Revelstoke bear up tree, draws crowd, gets soft landing

10/04/2014 02:53 EDT | Updated 12/04/2014 05:59 EST
It got a little wild in Revelstoke on Friday after a black bear sauntered right into the middle of town and scaled a tree. 

Conservation officers and the RCMP were called in, but getting the animal down was easier said then done.

Mounties put a mattress on the back of a pickup truck to break the bear's fall and conservation officers shoot him with a tranquilizer gun.

The first shot didn't work so officers had to reload and fire again.

The second shot was effective and the bear fell out of the tree to a soft landing on the mattress.  

Conservation officers said its teeth weren't in good shape and it appeared to be favouring its back leg. One officer told CBC News, that a bad tooth will sometimes bring bears in from the wild looking for non-natural food sources.

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