ALBUQUREQUE (KRQE) - Students and teachers at two Albuquerque schools were ordered to stay inside when a bear wandered onto campus Friday.
The 200-pound bear was spotted near Kennedy Middle and Tomasita Elementary schools a little after 11 a.m. Friday causing quite the commotion among neighbors and educators alike.
The bear climbed a tree in front of Kennedy where it was surrounded by officers from the Albuquerque Police Department and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Teachers and students were ordered to stay inside, not that the order stopped curious neighbors and staff from gathering.
The bear was shot with a single tranquilizer dart by one of the game officers.
Officials said the animal was in good condition and would be returned to the wild. Game and Fish said the bear had not been tagged for wandering in the city before.
The middle school is on Tomasita Street NE near Juan Tabo Boulevard and Interstate 40 and not far from the Sandia Mountains.
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