RUSTON, LA (KSLA) - A black bear took a stroll through Ruston Tuesday morning, causing a stir among police, hotel employees and homeowners.
The bear first showed up at 6:30 am at the Fairfield Inn on Roberta St., located near LA Hwy. 33 and I-20. Employees told police the bear was standing just outside the front door for a few minutes before wandering off. Police responded to the scene but couldn't find the animal.
About 35 minutes later, police got another bear call, this time from a motorist who said he almost hit the bear as it crossed Bernard Street near the railroad tracks. Animal Control officers responded with police, but the bear had again disappeared.
Minutes later, a woman at a home on Durden Street called police, stating the bear walked down her driveway and past her house. This time Animal Control officers and a Ruston officer spotted the bear in a wooded area near the railroad tracks. The Animal Control officer managed to hit the bear with a tranquillizer dart as it crossed onto property owned by the Louisiana Center for the Blind on E. Mississippi Ave. near Farmerville Hwy. Police said the tranquillizer dart had taken effect because they could tell the animal was getting groggy.
Police and Animal Control cornered the bear in a yard back on Durden Street, where he climbed a large oak tree.