Video: NIH bear released into state forest area

Black bear climbs at tree at the NIH. (WJLA photo)

BETHESDA, Md. (WJLA) -- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources released video Friday showing a small male black bear shaking off tranquilizers and looking well after an adventurous day in Montgomery County.

After traveling through Rockville on Thursday and then climbing up a tree outside the headquarters of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, the bear was shot with tranquilizer darts and relocated to what DNR officials termed a "bear-friendly forest."

The forest where the bear was taken and released is the state McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area near the Potomac River and Poolesville.

NIH Director Francis Collins took to Twitter to wish the bear well after offering a tongue-in-cheek apology for its treatment while on the NIH grounds:

Hey @NIH_Bear, great to have you & your sense of humor on the #NIH campus. Sorry about that dart thing, but hope you enjoy your new digs.

— Francis S. Collins (@NIHDirector) June 19, 2014

DNR officials noted that despite all the attention Thursday's incident garnered, it's not that unusual to see black bears wandering around Maryland given that there are over 1,000 of them in the state.

In fact, the bear removed from the NIH tree was the fourth black bear spotted in Montgomery County alone over the past week, the DNR indicated.