400-pound black bear removed from roof of mall by forklift

Black bear removed from roof of mall in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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A black bear that found its way to the roof of a mall in northeastern Pennsylvania has been removed.

The 400-pound male bear apparently climbed onto the roof of the Viewmont Mall in Scranton after it searched for food in a trash bin early Friday.

Scranton police responded to a report of a bear going through the trash around 2:15 a.m.

When police put a spotlight on the animal, it climbed up a fence, got on the roof and began roaming around.

Pennsylvania Game Commission officers were called.

They climbed onto the roof and tranquilized the bear, then lowered it to the ground with a forklift.

Officers planned to release the bear onto state game lands.

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