PORTSMOUTH-A bear was up a tree in a Portsmouth neighborhood Tuesday night.

It was about 50 feet off the ground, curled up in the crook of a tree on Pleasant Woods Court in Churchland. It isn't far from the Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve.

Portsmouth Police officers went to the scene around 9:00 p.m. to check on the situation. It was quite an attraction for residents.

'Something must have ran him up a tree, so ain't nothing we can do. If we tranquilize him, he'd fall and die. We don't want that, you know, we want him to live. We's in his habitat,' said Shelby Gatewood.

Police decided to leave it alone in part because of the bad weather and they hoped it would make its way back to its home overnight.

A check with police dispatchers Wednesday showed no new sightings of the bear.

Wildlife officials remind you not to approach a bear or any wild animal and do not feed a bear because it's illegal in Virginia. To minimize the chance one might wander into your yard, keep trash containers covered and stored away, if possible. Click here for more information on bears in Virginia.

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