Black bear runs, climbs and escapes from Chico Police


Yaritza Ayon

Check out the interactive map of where the bear was spotted.

A black bear was sighted in Chico on Sunday, a little after midnight.

According to a press release from Chico Police, the black bear was spotted by a Chico citizen driving through Notre Dame Boulevard at Forest Avenue.

The citizen saw the large black bear in the roadway of Lowe’s Home Improvement. The citizen frightened the bear, causing it to run toward the nearby Les Schwab Tire Center. It then climbed up a sycamore tree in the parking lot.

Chico Police officers arrived within two minutes and isolated the area from the public. Officers then got help from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife shortly after arriving at the scene.

Around 5 a.m. the bear came down from the tree and ran across Notre Dame Boulevard. California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers then followed the bear through a large field that led to Bruce Road. The bear was last seen fleeing east, and out of sight.

There were no injuries. The Chico Police Department would like everyone to know: if you spot a bear, don’t approach it or aggravate it.

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