The Arlington bear has been relocated to western Mass.

“Thank you to all agencies involved for the best possible outcome.”

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A bear up in a tree in Arlington. Arlington Police

The bear that climbed up a tree in Arlington on Friday morning was tranquilized, captured, loaded into a state Environmental Police vehicle, and taken to western Massachusetts, according to Arlington police.

“Thank you to all agencies involved for the best possible outcome,” the department tweeted after loading the bear into the truck.

Police were in the area near Washington Street and Overlook Road around 7:30 a.m. Friday, the department said on Twitter. Officials told people to avoid the area and keep pets indoors.

Early Friday, Boston 25 captured footage of the bear running across a street. Another video showed the bear high up in the tree, laying down among the branches.


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Once the bear was comfortably perched in the tree, the department quipped: “He’s just looking to rest up for the finals.”