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Bear hit by vehicle on 210 Freeway is euthanized

August 26, 2012 |  5:46 pm

A bear hit by a vehicle Sunday on  the 210 Freeway in La Canada Flintridge -- briefly shutting down the roadway -- had to be euthanized because of its injuries, officials said.

The bear, estimated to be about a year old, was euthanized sometime after 4 p.m., said state Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan.

“It was determined that the animal was mortally wounded from the vehicle collision, and to end the animal’s suffering it was euthanized and taken to Angeles National Forest,” Hughan said. 

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies received a call about 7 a.m. saying a bear had been hit on the 210, Sgt. Cynthia Gonzalez said. Deputies 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 that had seen the bear limping and under a tree.

As a precaution, deputies shut down eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway at Gould Avenue about 3 p.m. to make sure the bear did not flee back in front of cars, Gonzalez said. Fish and Game officers used a tranquilizer gun to capture the bear, which was described as weighing between 150 and 200 pounds.

The freeway was reopened a short time  later.

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