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Black bear rides for 65 miles on California trash truck

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In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 photo released by the Fresno Police Department, a black bear sits in the back of a pickup truck after it was tranquilized by wildlife biologists at the Orange Avenue Disposal in Fresno, Calif. The black bear crawled inside a In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 photo released by the Fresno Police Department, a black bear sits in the back of a pickup truck after it was tranquilized by wildlife biologists at the Orange Avenue Disposal in Fresno, Calif. The black bear crawled inside a
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 photo, a black bear sits in the back of a pickup truck after it was tranquilized by wildlife biologists at the Orange Avenue Disposal in Fresno, Calif. The black bear crawled inside a trash compactor and took the ride of its In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 photo, a black bear sits in the back of a pickup truck after it was tranquilized by wildlife biologists at the Orange Avenue Disposal in Fresno, Calif. The black bear crawled inside a trash compactor and took the ride of its
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 photo, officers with the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife pull a black bear out of the bushes at the Orange Avenue Disposal in Fresno after tranquilizing it in Fresno, Calif. The black bear crawled inside a trash compac In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 photo, officers with the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife pull a black bear out of the bushes at the Orange Avenue Disposal in Fresno after tranquilizing it in Fresno, Calif. The black bear crawled inside a trash compac

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A black bear crawled inside a trash compactor and took the ride of its life on a garbage truck, traveling about 65 miles to a dump in central California where it briefly ran free.

Fresno officers went to a disposal site Tuesday after getting a report of a large bear running loose. The bear got into a trash compactor that was picked up by a disposal truck in the Hume Lake area earlier in the day.

The driver wasn't aware that the bear was inside the compactor. Officials say it was either sleeping there or rifling through the trash.

Police and California Department of Fish and Wildlife employees eventually captured the animal after tranquilizing it. Neither the bear nor any people were injured.

The bear is being returned to Hume Lake.

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