Bear Climbs Down Tree in Residential Petaluma Neighborhood

Residents are advised to not approach the bear and to keep their pets indoors

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The bear that sent Petaluma residents scurrying indoors while taking a Sunday stroll through town and eventually climbing a tree, was presumably on his way home Sunday night.

Police said just before 10 p.m. the bear climbed down the tree and was last seen near Meadowglen Drive, heading toward the Petaluma Golf and Country Club.

The shelter in place issued earlier in the day was lifted, though residents were still encouraged to stay inside. The bear was first sighted around 2:30 a.m. in the area of 6th and I streets. It was in the tree by noon, when officials decided to give it some space and not tranquillize it for fear it would fall from the tree and get hurt.

Authorities say anyone who sees the bear should stay away and call police, at (707) 778-4372.

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