UPDATE: The black bear has now been captured officials say.
It took about 15 minutes to get him down and out of the tree.
He was tranquilized and put into an animal control vehicle while a biologist was on the way to the scene.
Officials say they are waiting for the bear to wake up naturally overnight before he is released back into the wild.
He is about a year old and weighs about 80 pounds NewsChannel 3 was told.
He was spotted near Hot Tuna on Shore Drive and made his way to Dolphin Road and climbed up a tree.
Virginia Beach, Va. – It looks like everyone was out to enjoy the beach today, including a black bear spotted in Virginia Beach.
Police say a citizen told them that they spotted a black bear on the beach in the 3300 block of Ocean Shore Avenue. They were notified about this at around 2:49 p.m. on Friday.
Citizens and Beach Police Marine Patrol were keeping track of the bear from the water and directing patrol officers to its location.
At around 3:44 p.m., Virginia Beach Police and Animal Control now have the bear contained to a tree in the 3100 block of Dolphin Road. A state biologist is on the way to the scene.
Stay with NewsChannel 3 for more information.