Wayward Bear Tranquilized, Removed from Rancho Cucamonga Backyard After Perching Itself in Tree

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A wayward bear was set to be relocated Wednesday morning after it perched itself in a tree near a school in Rancho Cucamonga and was subsequently tranquilized, officials said.

A bear is seen in a tree in Rancho Cucamonga on May 18, 2016. (Credit: Rancho Cucamonga Police Department)
A bear is seen in a tree in Rancho Cucamonga on May 18, 2016. (Credit: Rancho Cucamonga Police Department)

Deputies responded about 7:30 a.m. to a report of a bear roaming near the intersection of Hellman and Lemon avenues, the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department said on Twitter.

The animal, initially described by authorities as a black bear, was corralled near Vineyard Junior High School, at 6440 Mayberry Avenue. Meanwhile, the campus was placed on modified lockdown, according to a police spokesman.

Shortly after 8:35 a.m., the Police Department tweeted a brief video that showed the bear walking on a residential sidewalk. As seen in video from Sky5, the animal later climbed a nearby tree and remained perched there for more than an hour.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials also responded to the scene, where police said the bear descended from the tree and was “safely tranquilized.” Afterward, it was found lying in the the bushes of a home’s backyard.

Fish and Wildlife personnel then placed the bear in a box which, with the assistance of deputies, was removed from the property.

The northbound lanes of Hermosa Avenue were temporarily closed near the junior high school during the episode.


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