Friday, July 24, 2015

The zoo delayed its opening so the bear could
come down from a tree. A small black bear paid a visit
to the Alaska Zoo in South Anchorage Wednesday morning, delaying the zoo's
opening. According to Patrick Lampi, executive director of the zoo, the
bear was spotted early in the morning by the night watchman, when it went up a
tree. The zoo contacted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, who arrived
on the scene with a plan to get the bear safely out of the zoo. "They
have a policy of not darting bears in trees because of the danger to the
animal falling out of the tree even if you have nets," Lampi explained to
TIME. "It is best to let the bear come down when it is ready. " So
Lampi delayed the zoo's opening so the bear, which he estimates was about 3
years old and "recently pushed away by its mother," could come down from
the tree in its own time. "We wanted to keep that entire area of the zoo
quiet so it would feel comfortable coming down," he said. "We recalled
the Amur tigers into their dens so they would not scare the bear. " The
little bear eventually did come down, and was off the zoo grounds by 2 pm.
"Hopefully it learned a lesson on avoiding people," Lampi said.  
The Zoo is now open!We had a wild visitor this morning. A small
black bear arrived on grounds in the early morning. . . Posted by The Alaska
Zoo on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 This article originally appeared on
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paid a visit to the Alaska Zoo in South Anchorage Wednesday morning, delaying
the zoo's opening. According to Patrick Lampi, executive director of the
zoo, the bear was spotted early in the morning by the night watchman, when it
went up a tree. The zoo contacted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, who
arrived on the scene with a plan to get the bear safely out of the zoo.

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