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Officials Tranquilize Bear in Montrose (Video)

The bear was spotted foraging around homes in Montrose early Tuesday morning; it may be an animal that broke into a refrigerator in the area last month and has made regular visits for weeks.

 Officials have tranquilized a black bear that was spotted early Tuesday morning in Montrose and are preparing to transport it back to the Angeles National Forest.

The bear was tranquilized behind the gate of a yellow house in the 2400 block of Mayfield, next to

An official told the media that he used two tranquilizer darts on the bear, which he described as large (see video above).

Meanwhile, longtime Montrose resident William McLaughlin disagrees with the way officials are handling this particular bear incident (see video above).

“The problem is not the bear,” McLaughlin told Patch, adding: “The problem is they started chasing him at about 3:20 this morning. … The bear would be gone now if they’d left it alone.”

Sheriff's officials sent out an alert and phone call to locals that the nearly 500-pound black bear was roaming the neighborhood and to stay inside. 

The bear was spotted rummaging through the yards of homes in Montrose around Briggs Avenue and the 2400 block of Mayfield Avenue Tuesday morning as officials tried to round it up.

The bear has received plenty of attention: media and sheriff's helicopters were hovering over the scene as well as of 7:20 a.m.

It's unclear but very likely this is the same animal that has been in recent weeks, and seeking food at other homes in the area.

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Maria Virobik April 10, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Glad they got him!
On Wings Of Care April 11, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Thank You to William McLaughlin. People must mind their trash and use bear-proof trash cans, if they choose to live adjacent to wilderness areas. We have usurped so much wild habitat. How ludicrous it is for us to move into and beside what little habitat remains, and then insist that the wildlife respect our boundaries. --Bonny@OnWingsOfCare.org (Altadena and Pasadena resident for 35+ years).
Lori Paul April 11, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Local black bears travel trails and even streets at night back and forth between natural terrain in the Verdugo Mts. and along the front range of the San Gabriels. Urban sprawl has closed in on wildlife corridors and habitat. We live in bear country. ALL residents need to request, and properly use, bear-resistant trash cans and keep tempting sources of food out of sight and smell of bears, including crusty BBQ grill tops, bowls of pet food outdoors, overripe fruit on the ground, open compost piles, and even pies or other food cooling on counters with windows open. A fed bear is a dead bear. This bear is now tagged and will be euthanized if it returns. We all share responsibility for assuring that bears remain wild and un-habituated to people and their food.

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