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Big black bear pawing around Twentynine Palms

June 25, 2008 | 11:45 am

Who says the Southern California desert heat is un-bear-able?

It was 108 degrees in Twentynine Palms on Tuesday and likely will reach 106 today. But that hasn't slowed down a big black bear that has been roaming the high desert town of Twentynine Palms, the Associated Press reports:

San Bernardino County sheriff's Deputy Philip Bushline said the bear weighs as much as 400 pounds. While keeping tabs on it Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, deputies say it crisscrossed State Route 62 several times. It was last seen near the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center.

Deputies still have no idea where the bear came from. Animal control officers have been notified.

The animal has not been aggressive, but residents should keep their distance and call deputies if they see it, officials said.

--Francisco Vara-Orta

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