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Bear tranquilized after wandering freeway

Posted: September 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.

MONTROSE — The 210 Freeway was briefly shut down when a bear wandered into lanes before scrambling up an embankment and into a nearby neighborhood, where it was tranquilized.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cynthia Gonzales says the bear was spotted Sunday morning on the 210 Freeway north of downtown L.A. All lanes in both directions were closed as a crew from the state Department of Fish and Game was called.

Deputies received a call at 7:22 a.m. that a bear estimated at 300 pounds was seen in the area of Henrietta Avenue and La Crescenta Avenue, according to a news release by the Sheriff’s Department. A resident said the bear had climbed a yard fence and knocked it over.

Gonzales says wardens followed the bear for several hours as it ambled for less than a mile through a business district and residential streets of Montrose, a foothill community.

A Sheriff’s Department helicopter kept track of the bear from the air, while deputies warned community members in the bear’s path.

The bear walked through neighborhoods, sat in front of a Foothill Boulevard nail salon, and walked the track at Crescenta Valley High School before it walked up the La Crescenta onramp to the 210 freeway, the statement said.

After wandering on the freeway back and forth, the animal walked off the freeway and was surrounded at an intersection and hit with tranquilizer darts.

The bear was be taken back up into Angeles National Forest, the statement said.

There were no injuries during the incident.

Last month, a bear was euthanized after being struck by a car on the same stretch of freeway.


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