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(RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.) — A bear that’s been in a tree for several hours placed a school on modified lockdown Wednesday morning in Rancho Cucamonga, California, according to police.

The bear, believed to be a black bear, was first reported walking around the community around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday before climbing up a tree in the backyard of a large residential property in the city, said Deputy Sheriff Jacob Bailey, public information officer for the Rancho Police Department.

Vineyard Vine Junior High School was placed on modified lockdown as a precautionary measure, Bailey told ABC News Wednesday. The bear has not set foot on the school’s campus and all students and staff are safe, he added.

The bear was corralled by California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers shortly after but was still in the tree, Bailey said.

“Since it’s about 60 to 70 feet up, the plan right now is to get it down to a safe height before possibly tranquilizing and relocating it for its safety,” he said, adding that the bear has not shown signs of aggression.

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