Bear Cub Briefly Evades Capture in Duarte Neighborhood Before Being Tranquilized by Officials

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Authorities captured a bear cub that was found roaming through a Duarte neighborhood on Sunday afternoon, and after a brief evaluation, the cub was returned to the wild.

The cub was first seen about 3 p.m., wandering by homes in the vicinity of Royal Oaks Drive and Cotter Avenue, said Lt. Ernest Bille of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The intersection is also near the Duarte bike path, a 1.6-mile trail popular among cyclists and runners.

The cub then climbed up and down a tree and was "hunkering down behind homes" while state Department of Fish and Wildlife staff sought to capture the animal, Bille said.

By 4:45 p.m., the bear had been tranquilized, and staff from the Fish and Wildlife agency determined the animal was a healthy female weighing between 100 to 125 pounds, said Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the agency.

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