Video footage has been released showing a large black bear was shot out of a tree with a tranquilizer gun in Panama City, Florida.

The animal had climbed 30 feet up the tree in the city suburb. Police and animal welfare officials arrived at the scene and laid out a large red tarpualin to catch the animal.

But after being sedated by the dart, the 113 kg beast fell from the branches and tore sraight through it at it hit the ground.

The bear was not harmed by the incident and remained alseep.