Bear tranquilized in Pasadena after straying far from forest


PASADENA >> Officials tranquilized a 300-pound bear and returned it to the forest after it wandered more than two miles out of the forest and into a Pasadena neighborhood Saturday morning, authorities said.
Police and California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials chased the bear through a neighborhood for about three hours after it was first spotted about 9 a.m. in the 1300 block of E. Washington Boulevard, Pasadena Police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officials followed the bear as meandered through the neighborhood and ultimately settled in a tree in a residential yard in the 1000 block of N. Michigan Avenue, Mercado said.
Fish and Wildlife officials tranquilized the bear before loading it into a pickup truck for lift back to the Angeles National Forest.

PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department.

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