Pocatello, ID.   –   A staff veterinarian at Zoo Idaho spotted a surprise Tuesday morning while doing his rounds, when he found that a wild black bear had made it’s way onto zoo grounds.

Before wildlife officers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game could arrive, the bear climbed high into a tree at the zoo. Wildlife officers are currently at Zoo Idaho waiting for the bear to come down to a safe height in order to tranquilize the bear. A culvert trap has also been deployed.

The black bear intruder chose an interesting day to sight see at the zoo, as today was scheduled to be Idaho Zoo’s opening day for the season. Zoo Idaho will remain closed until the bear has been relocated, and the opening delayed. Zoo Idaho is also asking the public to avoid the area to help minimize disturbances that would further scare the bear and keep it in the tree.