Bears are waking up, getting hungry and wandering off in search of pic-a-nic baskets. Which means it's time for gratuitous shots of passed-out ursa!

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Black Bear Tranquilized, Captured in Tacoma

Bears are waking up, getting hungry and wandering off in search of pic-a-nic baskets. Which means it's time for gratuitous shots of passed-out ursa!

Above is video of a 185-pound, one-and-a-half year old black bear that got the tranq treatment this morning in Tacoma. If, like me, you watch it and say, "But that bear is licking his lips! He's not yet down!" Don't fret.

Donny Mortarello, Carnivore Manager/a.k.a. Bear Whisperer at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says that's normal. "Depending on where the darts hit and how much fat there is, the two different drugs we use metabolize at different rates. The muscles start to react a bit. The front leg might lift up. We see a lot of licking. So that's usually a sign of the drugs just taking effect."

 
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