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Large black bear rescued, relocated in Nuevo Leon

Galeana, Nuevo León — An adult black bear has been tranquilized and returned to the wild after he was seen wandering around a residential neighborhood.

The Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) rescued an adult black bear in the municipality of Galeana, Nuevo León Monday after nearby residents reported seeing it running through a yard.

The bear, which was measured as 1.8 meters in height and just over 140 kilos, was shot with a drug dart and relocated back to the wild. Profepa staff said the bear likely came into the area in search of food.

A group of officials from the Federal Office of Environmental Protection Parks and Wildlife, Municipal Police and Civil Protection of Galeana all helped to catch and relocated the black bear.

The bear was ear-tagged for monitoring before being released in the Sierra de Galeana area of Castillo-Puerto México, which would provdie him with the best survival conditions.

The Attorney General’s Office urged people to not feed bears and to keep their garbage well sealed.

The black bear is a protected species, not only by Mexican legislation, but also by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora Wild.