Bear captured safely from playground, released into wild

A 115-pound black bear found sleeping in a tree in a New Hampshire child care center's playground has been captured and returned to the wild.

Police responded to a bear call around 7:30 a.m. Monday and asked people to avoid the area around Saint Marie's Child Care Center in Manchester.

Fish and Game conservation officers subdued the bear with a tranquilizer and brought it out of the city a little over three hours later. A state biologist assisted in the capture and relocation of the bear, which is estimated to be 1 to 2 years old.

In July 2016, a fast-moving black bear evaded authorities in Manchester after they chased it through the city.