CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Wildlife officers were relocating a bear on Friday after they captured it in the southern part of the Denver metro area earlier in the day.

The bear was spotted in Centennial early Friday morning and wildlife officers were called in.

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The bear eventually climbed a tree in the 7100 block of South Franklin Way, northeast of South University Boulevard and East Dry Creek Road.

(credit: Rob Dow)

(credit: Rob Dow)

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Homeowner Rob Dow said he heard his dogs making a commotion and thought they may be after a raccoon.

“I saw the bear,” Dow said. “Once I looked up and saw the bear it was obviously extremely stressful for me because I was afraid that they were going to tie into the bear. Fortunately the bear had gotten about 10 or 15 feet in the air and was happy to sit there.”

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Wildlife officers tranquilized the bear and hauled it off. They say it is a healthy 2 and-a-half-year-old male.