A black bear that spent all day Friday in a tree near downtown State College had to be coaxed down and tranquilized before being released Saturday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
After the young bear was struck by a vehicle Thursday night, it climbed up a tree in front of Nittany View Apartments on South Allen Street. It spent Friday lounging on a branch about 60-70 feet off the ground, attracting a crowd and police presence.
“We waited until dark, and the bear had not even thought about coming down the tree,” state Game Commission Warden Dan Murray said.
When the crowd dispersed and traffic slowed down, the 800 block of South Allen Street was closed off while Alpha Fire Company used a hose to bring the bear down the tree. When the bear got to a safe height, Murray said he was able to successfully use a tranquilizer dart. The bear was uninjured from the fall and appears unscathed from the 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass that struck it on Thursday night, Murray said.
“Bears are tough animals,” he said. “I couldn’t see any obvious signs, no broken bones.”
He praised the teamwork between State College police, the public works department, Alpha Fire Company and Nittany View Apartments management and residents, and thanked the public for their cooperation. The bear was released near the Centre/Clinton County line.
“This was the best possible outcome for everybody involved,” Murray said.