The black bear treed in Kennydale in late April will be released Wednesday on the eastern slope of the North Cascades.
The 2-year-old bear has been recovering at PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood since last month’s surgery fixed a dislocated right hip and fractured hip bone.
The bear may have suffered the injuries when he fell from a tree in a Kennydale backyard. The fall happened after a rope slipped from the bear’s leg. A Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife officer had also injected the bear with two tranquilizer darts.
The bear was first spotted by a Kennydale woman who noticed the bear in her yard when she went outside to tend to her barking dog.