Black bear relocated after being spotted near UCA campus
Updated: 10:54 AM CDT August 16, 2018
A black bear who reported early to classes at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway had to be safely relocated to a wooded area in Faulkner County.
The Conway Police Department reported on their Facebook page that the bear was walking around Hillman Street near South Davis Street.
The bear then climbed up a tree and refused to come out "even after officers had moved away."
Officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission arrived and were able to tranquilize the bear. It was then relocated to a wooded area in Faulkner County where it woke up from its nap. The groggy bear wandered off to find their new home outside of the city.
UCA President Houston Davis had a little fun on Twitter sharing the news, telling "Freshman Bears" they did not have to report to campus until Sunday.
"We found this guy near the [southeast] border of campus and had to tranquilize him until first day of classes," Davis said.
Hopefully the bear will live out a full and healthy life in the woods of Faulkner County and avoid any late night trips to Conway.