Winter's over, and wildlife is coming out of hiding. But with the rebirth of spring comes the potential for danger.
Officers found a black bear in the early morning hours not far from Sheridan Junior High School.
The 2- to 3-year-old, 150-pound bear was first spotted around 3 a.m.
More calls came in a couple hours later, and police found the animal roaming around near Kendrick Park.
Wyoming Game and Fish officers tranquilized the bear and took him to the Big Horns to release him.
Game and Fish representatives say he was probably just following a creek, and was likely not really interested in anything in town.
"This bear was just coming out of hibernation, looking for some food," said Game and Fish information specialist Warren Mischke. "He was hungry, following the drainage, and ended up being in a place he didn't want to be and didn't belong."
It's not very common, but if you do see a bear or mountain lion in town, call the police and stay away from the animal.