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Tranquilized bear plucked from cemetery tree

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OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - A California black bear that scampered up an Oxnard cemetery tree has been plucked from branches where it was wedged for hours after being peppered with tranquilizer darts.

Firefighters fitted the groggy 200-pound bear with a harness before using a ladder truck to lower it to a grassy cemetery grave site at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday. Fish and Game experts bundled the bear in a tarp, and police say it will be released in Los Padres National Forest.

The bear was reported prowling a nearby neighborhood just after 2 a.m.

It was first spotted in a fire station parking lot, then up a tree in a condominium complex. It eventually went over a cemetery wall and, at dawn, was in the cemetery tree with at least three tranquilizer darts poking from its fur.

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