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Black bear put down after visit to Billings neighborhood

Posted August 30

— A cinnamon-colored black bear was captured and euthanized after wandering through a Billings neighborhood eating apples and visiting Beartooth Elementary School.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Bob Gibson says the sub-adult bear fell backward from a tree after being hit by a tranquilizer dart Wednesday morning, causing internal injuries.

Billings Police Lt. Mark Cady says the bear was spotted on a bike path in the northeastern part of the city before being reported nearly the elementary school. Officers trailed the bear until it climbed over a chain-link fence and settled in someone's backyard.

Wildlife biologist Megan O'Reilly says an apple tree in the yard may have enticed the bear.

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