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Authorities deal with black bear wandering through Wausau

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WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A black bear made himself at home during the weekend in the heart of central Wisconsin's largest metro area.  

Marathon County sheriff's officials said the confused bear wandered through the east side of Wausau on Saturday morning, before it ended up downtown in the basement parking lot of the courthouse.

An animal control officer subdued the bear with a drugged dart.

Sheriff's lieutenant Bill Millhausen said the general public was never threatened -- and the bear did not have a record of harassing anyone, so it was released in a wooded county park outside of Wausau.  

Millhausen said his officers recently got training on using his department's new tranquilizer gun. Sheriff's lieutenant Mark Wagers said the bear was an unusual sight for Wausau -- but officers have dealt with a variety of animals that get trapped in the courthouse garage.  

Deer and owls have ventured there in the past.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)