A black bear that was wandering through a Southern California community and immediately captured national focus was apparently tranquilized by wildlife officials and transported out of the region, video reveals.
The bear slowly wandered the streets and backyards in Monrovia, which is at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. Whereas the sight of such a large animal once struck fear into people's hearts, California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials arrived to find a paparazzi-like scene as dozens of people swarmed around the confused animal, risking their lives to snap photos of it. "In the bear world, she would be described as elderly".
The bear has been seen from overhead helicopter camera wandering the front, side and backyards of homes on Hillcrest Boulevard starting at around 5:30 a.m. local time.
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At least one vehicle came dangerously close to the bear in the middle of a street, when it drove past the animal in the pre-dawn darkness, KABC said.
The city's bear safety webpage notes that bears emerge from winter dens and return to the foothills in search of food when the weather warms up. Temperatures climbed to 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius) in the San Gabriel Valley on Thursday.
Back in the 1990s, a California black bear sparked amusement when he started climbing into hot tubs in Monrovia back gardens. He was finally sent to live in the Orange County Zoo.