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Bear hit by car euthanized after 210 Freeway closure

August 27, 2012 |  8:52 am

A weekend search for an injured bear that had been struck by a car in La Canada Flintridge concluded with officers from the state Department of Fish and Game euthanizing the 1-year-old animal, officials said Monday.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies at the Crescenta Valley Station had received a call about 7 a.m. Sunday saying the bear had been hit.

But 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, Sgt. Cynthia Gonzalez said.

By 3 p.m., deputies had closed the eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway at Gould Avenue while officers used a tranquilizer gun to subdue the bear. An hour later, Fish and Game determined the bear was “mortally wounded."

“To end the animal’s suffering, it was euthanized and taken to Angeles National Forest,” said state Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan.

Deputies described the bear as weighing between 150 and 200 pounds.

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