Firefighters at Danbury house didn’t have very far to travel for their first big job on Monday.

“Yesterday was a bear of a day! While doing our morning station cleaning and equipment checks one of our firefighters spotted a bear in the lot behind our fire station,” Danbury Fire Department officials posted on social media Tuesday.

Christened “Dan Beary” by Mayor Mark Boughton, the ursine intruder “left during the day” the mayor said during his Tuesday evening news conference, only to return that night and get caught in a tree.

Boughton said the bear, estimated by a DEEP biologist to be a “yearling” approximately 15 months old, was tranquilized and transported “back to the forest to frolic.”

“It’s not uncommon to see bears” in Danbury, Boughton said. “They do a lot of traveling this time of year, from April until about June-July.”

Members of Danbury’s professional firefighters Local 801 posted a video of the rescue, noting that “No bears were harmed in the making of this video.”

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