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Bear returns to Panama City after being relocated

Posted at 7:42 AM, May 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-13 08:31:19-04

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a black bear that had been relocated to a forest some 90 miles away has made its way back to Panama City.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Stan Kirkland says the 350-pound black bear was tranquilized on April 14 after it was spotted about 40 feet up in a tree in Panama City.

They marked the bear with a green tag with the code Wo88 and took it to Mud Swamp in the Apalachicola National Forest, east of Panama City.

But the bear was spotted in a Panama City residential neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.

The News Herald of Panama City (http://bit.ly/1opDXOj ) reports biologist Jerry Pitts shot a tranquilizer into the bear's hip. Officials will determine what to do with the bear on Wednesday.

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Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com