WATCH: NIH Bear Released Back Into The Wild

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The bear tranquilized on the NIH campus is a male, about 1.5 years old, and weighs close to 100 pounds. (Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

The bear tranquilized on the NIH campus is a male, about 1.5 years old, and weighs close to 100 pounds. (Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A YouTube account called “NIH Bear,” named after the furry critter that was spotted roaming through highly-populated areas of Montgomery County Thursday, has released two videos of the animal waking up after being tranquilized and transported to a more suitable location.

The bear, a male weighing about 100 pounds, led authorities on quite the wild goose chase Thursday. First he was seen in downtown Rockville. Later, he eluded his would-be captors by climbing up a tall tree at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda.

It took Maryland Department of Natural Resources officers several hours to get the bear to come down.
They used several small “bottle rockets” in an attempt to scare him out of the tree, but he ran off into the woods before officials could tranquilize him.

After a short chase through the woods, however, officials were finally able to tranquilize him.

Officials say he was released in the western part of Montgomery County near the Potomac River. Watch the videos of the bear waking up below.

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