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210 Freeway shut during bear capture in La Cañada Flintridge

A portion of the 210 Freeway in La Cañada Flintridge was briefly closed Sunday while authorities caught an injured bear.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies received a call around 7 a.m. saying a bear had been hit on the 210, Sheriff's Sgt. Cynthia Gonzalez said. They did not locate the animal until shortly after 1 p.m., when a woman at a Starbucks at Foothill Boulevard and Gould Avenue called to say she had seen the bear limping and under a tree.

"Apparently he was having a hard time walking around," Gonzalez said.

As a precaution, deputies shut down eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway at Gould Avenue to make sure the bear did not flee back in front of cars, Gonzalez said. Officers from the Department of Fish and Game used a tranquilizer gun to capture the bear, which was described as weighing between 150 and 200 pounds.

The freeway was closed around 3 p.m. and reopened roughly 15 minutes later, Gonzalez said. Although the bear did not reenter the freeway, it did race up a tree after being hit with the tranquilizer, she said.

“He ended up falling down because the tranquilizer took effect,” she said.


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