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Pear-bingeing bear returns to backcountry after trapping efforts fruitless

CHILLIWACK, B.C. — A fruitful holiday has ended for a pear-loving black bear in British Columbia.

The yearling has climbed down from its perch, high in the branches of a huge pear tree, near Chilliwack, east of Vancouver.

The little bruin, dubbed Pear Bear, settled in the tree several weeks ago and was gorging on fruit as it fattened up for hibernation.

There was concern it was stuck, because it remained more than 12 metres above the ground and never seemed to come down.

Conservation officers ruled out a tranquilizer dart, saying a fall from that height would be fatal, but instead set up a live trap near the base of the tree, hoping to catch and relocate the bear.

The crafty creature ignored the trap and instead wandered back into the bush sometime Tuesday. (CTV)

The Canadian Press

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