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Wayward Bear Causes a Stir in La Canada Flintridge

la-canada-bearLA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. (KTLA) — A wayward black bear caused quite a stir in a neighborhood in La Canada Flintridge on Monday afternoon.

The animal was spotted about 2 p.m. near Viro Road and Crown Avenue, said Lt. Brian Fitch of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Paradise Canyon Elementary School and St. Francis High School were locked down briefly while officials worked to corner the large animal.

The young bear took many residents by surprise.

“I screamed at the kids, get out of your car seats and look. And sure enough the bear was crossing the street then it hopped the fence,” Kristin Kassabian said.

“I saw my tree shaking, so the bear was moving through the shrubbery,” Karl Bucar said.

At one point, the young bear jumped over a wall and startled two children who were taking a dip in a backyard pool.

The children immediately ran inside while the bear continued her journey.

Deputies eventually surrounded the bear in a backyard in the 300 block Baptiste Way around 3:30 p.m.

They tranquilized the 125-pound animal, tagged her ear and waited for California Fish and Wildlife officials to arrive.

The sleeping bear was then loaded into the back of the truck. Officials planned to relocate the animal deep in the Angeles National Forest.