Police used their vehicle sirens to drive a two-year-old bear up a tree after its presence in a northern Utah town caused traffic delays.

State Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith Heaton Jolley said division personnel then were able to tranquilise the bear and catch it in a large net when it fell out of the tree.

Who says you have to go to the mountains to see a bear. This fella was spotted wandering the streets of Orem this…

Posted by Orem Police Department on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ms Jolley said the brown-coloured black bear was placed in a trap in the bed of a pick-up truck and driven to the Wasatch Mountains, where it was released.

Pictures show him jumping out of the truck and running away.

Ms Jolley says it is unusual for a bear to be roaming city streets that are several miles away from mountains east of the city where wildlife biologists think it came from.