BEDFORD HEIGHTS -- A black bear cornered in a Bedford Heights tree made a dash for freedom late this afternoon and escaped his would-be captors.
The bear had scrambled across the tops of near-by trees before climbing to the ground and making a dash. The bear then climbed several fences, ran through a few parking lots and disappeared. It was last seen crossing I-271 and heading into some woods.
Photos: The Bedford bear
The bear had been cornered in a tree since Monday morning. Earlier, crews had used water hoses on the animal to try and bring it down. The water only caused the bear to climb higher into the tree.
The decision was then made to build a containment fence around the area and to tranquilize the bear once it climbed down from the tree. The animal then appeared to settle down for a bit of a nap before making its escape.
It's believed to be the same black bear that was sighted at the Bedford Heights border near Oakwood Village Monday.
A Bedford police dispatcher received a call from a traveler who reported seeing the black bear on Solon Road, just east of Northfield Road early Monday.
The same dispatcher heard that a black bear may have also been sighted at the Bedford Heights border, near Oakwood Village at about 6:30 p.m. Monday.
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Police have warned people to steer clear of the bear and not to approach it.