Young bear caught in Mesa neighborhood

MESA, AZ - Authorities have captured a bear in an East Mesa neighborhood and planned to release it back into the wild.

The bear was spotted near Meridian and Brown roads Tuesday night and was cornered by Mesa police.

Officers with the Arizona Game and Fish Department were called out and they tranquilized the bear.

Officers said they planned to release the bear in a wilderness area some time Wednesday morning.

Officials said it was a young bear, possibly expanding its territory and looking for new food sources.

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