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Black bear is tranquilized in La Crescenta neighbhorhood

November 11, 2009 |  6:15 pm
Bearphoto A black bear that has been roaming neighborhoods in La Crescenta was tranquilized this afternoon by authorities who cornered the animal in the backyard of a home.

The bear, estimated to weigh between 100 and 150 pounds, was near some bushes in the yard in the 2600 block of Prospect Avenue, a few blocks north of the 210 Freeway, authorities said.

"It was a small bear," said Lt. Angela Shepherd of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's deputies and agents from the state Department of Fish and Game approached the animal about 4:45 p.m. An agent shot the bear with a tranquilizer gun, putting the animal to sleep, authorities said.

The bear was loaded onto a stretcher and hoisted into a truck and was to be dropped off in the Angeles National Forest, according to Shepherd.

The department received several reports Tuesday night about a bear in the 4300 block of Ocean View Boulevard, prompting an alert sent to residents on the reverse 911 system. No animal was spotted.

"I'm sure it's the same bear," Shepherd said.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Sheriff's deputies carry a tranquilized black bear on a stretcher. Credit: KTLA