UPDATE:

The Alaska Zoo reopened to visitors at around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday after the uninvited black bear made its way safely out of the park.

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Original Story:

Visitors hoping to tour the Alaska Zoo Wednesday were met with a sign saying, “zoo temporarily closed – wild bear on grounds.”

The bear snuck into the zoo sometime overnight, according to Jill Myer, development director with the Alaska Zoo.

A nightwatchman discovered the uninvited guest at around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Myer says.

The bear is estimated to be around 2 years old and is currently spending the rainy afternoon up in a tree near the tiger exhibit.

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Myer recalls another bear who kept sneaking into the zoo several years ago. They eventually made him a permanent home inside the zoo.

Officials with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are on site. They plan to wait it out and let the bear leave on its own.

The zoo will most likely remain closed all day, according to Myer.

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