A young, female black bear wandered into Paris sometime on Saturday, May 12. The animal led police officers and an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officer on a two-day chase before being captured and returned to the wild.

The animal’s capture took place on the afternoon of Monday, May 14 when it was spotted in a tree in the back yard of a home on Maple Street near the Western Arkansas Guidance and Counselling Center and Mercy Hospital. A group of onlookers gathered beneath the tree and waited until a Game and Fish Commission officer could arrive and tranquilized the animal before taking it back to the woods.

One of those onlookers who participated in the bear’s capture was Ryan Cravens of Paris, who lives near the yard where the bear was taken into custody.

“My mom had heard about it being in the tree, so she came to the house and we went over there,” Cravens said last week. “It turned into an exciting day pretty quickly.”

The onlookers were estimated by Cravens to be about 30 people. When the Game and Fish Commission officer arrived at the scene, the onlookers put a ladder next to the tree and the officer climbed up to where the bear was sitting. The officer put two tranquilizer darts into the bear’s skin and waited for the bear to get sleepy. A rope was tied to the bear and it was lowered into Cravens’ arms.

“The officer was worn out because he had been chasing the bear for two days,” Cravens said. “He said he’d barely slept and got close enough once to shoot some darts at it but they fell ofA young, female black bear wandered into Paris sometime on Saturday, May 12. The animal led police officers and an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officer on a two-day chase before being captured and returned to the wild.

The animal’s capture took place on the afternoon of Monday, May 14 when it was spotted in a tree in the back yard of a home on Maple Street near the Western Arkansas Guidance and Counselling Center and Mercy Hospital. A group of onlookers gathered beneath the tree and waited until a Game and Fish Commission officer could arrive and tranquilized the animal before taking it back to the woods.

One of those onlookers who participated in the bear’s capture was Ryan Cravens of Paris, who lives near the yard where the bear was taken into custody.

“My mom had heard about it being in the tree, so she came to the house and we went over there,” Cravens said last week. “It turned into an exciting day pretty quickly.”

The onlookers were estimated by Cravens to be about 30 people. When the Game and Fish Commission officer arrived at the scene, the onlookers put a ladder next to the tree and the officer climbed up to where the bear was sitting. The officer put two tranquilizer darts into the bear’s skin and waited for the bear to get sleepy. A rope was tied to the bear and it was lowered into Cravens’ arms.

“The officer was worn out because he had been chasing the bear for two days,” Cravens said. “He said he’d barely slept and got close enough once to shoot some darts at it but they fell off.”

Once close to the bear, the officer put two darts into it to make sure it went to sleep, Cravens said.

“When the bear was lowered fro the tree, I grabbed it,” Cravens said. “It was a female. She was moaning and grunting and moving her head from side to side.”

Cravens said the bear is believed to have slept the night before in that tree.

“The night before that, it was seen in a tree further down Maple Street,” Cravens said.

Cravens said he believed the bear, which was placed in a cage after capture, was transported to Scott County..”

Once close to the bear, the officer put two darts into it to make sure it went to sleep, Cravens said.

“When the bear was lowered fro the tree, I grabbed it,” Cravens said. “It was a female. She was moaning and grunting and moving her head from side to side.”

Cravens said the bear is believed to have slept the night before in that tree.

“The night before that, it was seen in a tree further down Maple Street,” Cravens said.

Cravens said he believed the bear, which was placed in a cage after capture, was transported to Scott County.