The Alaska Zoo in South Anchorage temporarily gained an extra animal Wednesday when a wild black bear strayed onto the zoo’s property and temporarily kept it from opening to the public.
Pat Lampi, the zoo's executive director, told Channel 2 News that the bear -- which had climbed a tree in the zoo -- had come down of its own accord at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Once it was on the ground, zoo staff promptly herded it off the premises.
"The bear has left the zoo," Lampi said. "It's out of the zoo and back in the wild."