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Bear strays into San Dimas neighborhood, sleeps in tree

September 4, 2012 |  7:52 pm

Map shows area where a bear was found Tuesday in San Dimas.
A bear wandered into a San Dimas neighborhood and was found sleeping in a tree on a golf course, authorities said Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department got a call about 10:18 a.m. Tuesday of a report of a bear near the clubhouse of the San Dimas Canyon Golf Course at 2100 Terrabone Ave. 

Deputies arrived to find the animal asleep in a tree and called the state Department of Fish and Game. Before the state wardens could arrive, the bear woke up and climbed down the tree, said Lt. David Vega of the department's San Dimas station.

"He went northbound in a ravine ... back to his home" in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills, Vega told The Times.

A bear was spotted in a San Dimas neighborhood about a mile south of the golf course June 26.

The approximately 150-pound bear rummaged for food on the area's trash day and he found his way into a tree. When the bear finally came down after 6 a.m., the animal was confined to a backyard and shot with tranquilizer darts.


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 Map shows area where the bear was discovered. Credit: Google Maps