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There Is a Bear in a Tree

UPDATED: Not anymore.

Image via iStock. This is not the Roanoke bear.

There was a bear in a tree in Roanoke, Virginia, Monday. Efforts to tranquilize the bear were eventually successful, and, after a three-hour standoff, firefighters were able to nudge the sedated bear off the branch it was occupying and onto a tarp.  Logan Sherrill of WDBJ in Roanoke did an excellent job covering the bear situation. The bear came down safely and was being attended to, Sherrill reported.

Roanoke was transfixed by this bear.

This story has been updated.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.