UPDATE: Wandering bear prompts brief closure of 210 Freeway

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Authorities tranquilized and transported a 300-pound bear Sunday morning after it wandered through La Crescenta and Montrose, prompting a brief closure on the 210 Freeway as it meandered across.
The animal was first spotted shortly after 7 a.m. on Henrietta Avenue in La Crescenta, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Angela Shepherd said.
“A resident said the bear had climbed a yard fence and knocked it over,” the lieutenant said in a written statement.
Deputies and California Department of Fish and Game officials responded and kept an eye on the bear as it slowly made it’s way south over the course of several hours.
“The bear walked through residential areas, sat in front of a nail salon on Foothill Blvd., walked the track at Crescenta Valley High School and walked up the La Crescenta onramp onto the 210 Freeway, causing its temporary closure,” Shepherd said. The closure lasted about 10 minutes.
Area residents were advised via “reverse 911″ phone calls about 8:40 a.m. to stay indoors and keep their pets inside, officials said.
Fish and game officials used three tranquilizer darts to subdue the bear, which was described as thin, about 10:15 a.m. at Sunset and Hermosa avenues, according to sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker.
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The bear was fitted with a tag and loaded into a truck to be taken back into the Angeles National Forest, officials said. It had not been tagged previously.
Another bear was struck by a car while crossing the 210 Freeway about two and a half miles to the east near Crown Avenue in La Canada Flintridge Aug. 26, and ultimately had to be euthanized due to its injuries.
In that incident, the officials also had to shut down the freeway briefly as they tranquilized and captured the animal.
PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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