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Wandering bear taken to safety

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John Hanks, a wildlife biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said the bear was a 3 or 4 year-old male weighing approximately 140 pounds with an Arkansas tag on his ear.

The tag indicated he was from that area and either he or his mother had been caught before. Bears can travel up to 20 miles a day, and this one was likely in search of a home range, Hanks said.

“A lot of times they’ll leave (town) on their own, but he happened to go the wrong way,” he said.

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