Officials remove bear from ByWard Market

A police deployment was held Thursday morning in Ottawa due to the presence of a bear in the ByWard Market area, according to the Ottawa Police Service (OPS).

According to the police, this is an adult black bear. The animal was likely to have taken refuge in a tree at a height of about 10 meters.

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry officers who were on site used a tranquilizer, but the bear would not have fallen from the tree.

The firefighters were called and were able to bring the animal back to the ground. The 70-kg animal was released in a forest in the Lanark area, according to the National Capital Commission.

The OPS reported receiving a call at 3:22 am on Thursday from people claiming to be followed by a bear.

A security perimeter has been set up in the area.

The event occured a day after a similar situation, on the other side of the river, while a teddy bear had been seen in the streets of Gatineau.

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