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Bear tranquilized in Duarte is returned to forest

July 10, 2012 |  6:42 pm

Authorities Tuesday afternoon tranquilized a 1-year-old black bear that they'd chased for more than three hours through a residential neighborhood at the edge of the Angeles National Forest.

The 125-pound male was first spotted in Duarte about noon, said Capt. Michael Stefanak of the California Department of Fish and Game. Authorities subdued it with a single tranquilizer dart about 3:30 p.m. near a condo complex on Swiss Trail Road.

They marked the bear with a yellow ear tag -- No. 593 -- and then hauled it into the national forest. Stefanak said the department had no other options because the bear had wandered so close to homes.

The bear apparently did little damage in its romp around town, though resident Sylvia Moon, 62, said it waded into her pond. She briefly feared it would swallow her three koi fish. Instead, the bear swiped their food.

Authorities have recently been inundated with reports of bears -- including an adult female with a cub -- roaming the area near the San Gabriel Mountains.


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