Bear ruins recess for two schools, gets shot with tranquilizer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Students at two Albuquerque schools had to spend recess indoors, but it wasn't because they didn't do their homework. A 200-pound black bear wandered onto campus, prompting a lockdown for more than an hour.

The 200-pound bear was spotted near Kennedy Middle and Tomasita Elementary schools a little after 11 a.m., CBS affiliate KRQE reports. The two schools share a campus.

The animal took refuge in a tree in front of Kennedy, where it was eventually tranquilized by state game and fish officers.

Officials said the animal was in good condition and would be returned to the wild.

It had not been previously tagged for wandering in the city.

Albuquerque and Santa Fe have seen numerous instances of bears entering those communities because of lack of food and water in nearby forests and hills.

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