will always be free, unless and until restrictions restrict their freedom.
According to state wildlife officials, on June 4, a bear
became trapped in the ceiling of a western Virginia
manufacturing plant, 20 feet up and far from stairs or a ladder.
"After assessing the situation, it became clear to staff that, given the bear's location, the odds were low that it would soon safely leave on its own," Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources officials said on social media
. "Considering the plant's production needs, (it was) decided that the best course of action would be to immobilize the bear and remove it from the area."
During the bear's evacuation, employees of the Volvo manufacturing plant were instructed to remain in the cafeteria.
State biologists used a "chemical immobilization dart" to incapacitate the bear before bringing it down with heavy equipment from the plant, including a forklift.
The bear, who was discovered to be unharmed, was transported to "a suitable site for release."
Earlier this week, a bear in Arizona
escaped unscathed after becoming entangled in a power line.
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, based in the southern Arizona town of Willcox, received notification Monday morning that a bear had become entangled in power pole wires on the outskirts of town.
The bear eventually descended and bolted into the desert.
There were no injuries, and the power outage, which primarily impacted residential customers, lasted only about 15 minutes.
A bear had been spotted in a southern Arizona city for the second time in a month.