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Bear in San Dimas tree tranquilized, returned to forest

June 26, 2012 |  7:39 am

After an hours-long wait by officials early Tuesday, a hungry bear came down from a tree in a San Dimas neighborhood, was tranquilized and is being transported to the Angeles National Forest.

At least three wardens from the California Department of Fish and Game responded to 808 Baseline Road after a resident reported a bear around 1 a.m., said department spokesman Andrew Hughan.

After the approximately 150-pound bear rummaged for food on the area's trash day, he found his way into a tree, and officials had to wait and watch.

When the bear finally came down after 6 a.m., he was confined to a backyard and shot with tranquilizer darts, Hughan said.

"The circumstances dictated that we could safely tranquilize and relocate this bear," Hughan said. "That's always the best-case scenario for Fish and Game." 


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