Residents in northwest Calgary got a taste of the wild side when a black bear wandered into the neighbourhood of Bowness on Wednesday evening.

The animal was first spotted near a McDonald’s restaurant on Bowridge Crescent, just off the TransCanada Highway.

Police and Fish and Wildlife officers took up positions to monitor the bear until preparations could be made to tranquilize and remove the bear.

The bear was moved out of the city to a safer area.

Authorities are reminding residents to keep an eye out for wildlife which are often driven into city limits in their search for food.

On September 12, a bear needed to be removed from southwest Calgary. The animal had climbed a tree and needed to be tranquilized and removed.

Fish and Wildlife officers say the bear was likely looking for food before winter sets in.

They also say the bear was tagged so it could be tracked in the future.