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BAKER CITY, Ore. — It was a perfectly ordinary summer Sunday morning on Foothill Drive —  until the bear arrived. It was evicted only after it had been tranquilized and extracted from a tree for the ride out of town.

A yearling male black bear in a birch tree on the east side of Foothill Drive in Baker City on Sunday, July 3, 2022.

Brian Ratliff, center,, wildlife biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, loads a black bear into a cage on Sunday morning, July 3.

A Baker City Police officer stands beneath a birch tree on the east side of Foothill Drive in case the bear in the tree came down or fell, on …

Residents watch as officials remove a black bear from a tree along Foothill Drive in Baker City on Sunday, July 3, 2022.

Brian Ratliff, left, district wildlife biologist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Baker City office, talks with Baker County Sh…

A late wild berry crop due to this year's cool and wet spring means hungry black bears are entering Oregon's coastal communities looking for food. According to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, bears have recently killed livestock and stripped young trees owned by timber companies.