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Bear causes stir with tour through Mass. town

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ATHOL, Mass. (AP) - A black bear has caused a stir in Athol after taking a tour through the downtown.

The Athol Daily News ( reports that the bear was eventually tranquilized Thursday by Environmental Police. State officials say the animal is recovering in an undisclosed location and will be released back into the wild.

But the bear's got an eventful trip under its belt.

The paper reports that the bear attracted a crowd after wandering through downtown, then climbing a tree in a bank parking lot. Environmental police coaxed the bear down, and it ran behind the Daily News building and climbed another tree.

It was there that Environmental Police were able to tranquilize the bear with a dart. They then removed the animal in a pickup.

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