Video: Bear Makes Early Morning Visit To Baldwin Park
A hungry young male bear who wandered into Baldwin Park found himself back in the wild, no worse for the wear other than a likely headache.
The animal was seen on Ramona Boulevard at Badillo Street and Puente Avenue, the Baldwin Park Police Department told City News Service.
Several residents called 911 and reported the bear was climbing walls, fences and a tree.
Police officers were dispatched, along with personnel from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The bear, which weighed an estimated 275 pounds, was tranquilized about 6:30 a.m., put into the bed of a pickup truck and driven to the Angeles National Forest, where it was released.
275 pound lost bear in #BaldwinPark safe and sound and on a return trip to Angeles Nat'l Forest. Will have a headache but otherwise OK— Cal Fish & Wildlife (@CaliforniaDFW) October 11, 2013
Although the bear was first seen near the San Gabriel Mountain foothills, where bear sightings in residential neighborhoods are not unusual, for him to wander into a more urban area is unusual, Andrew Hughan of California Department of Fish and Wildlife told KTLA 5.
Hughan said the bear was likely drawn by the scent of food and wandered too far from the woods to find his way back. "It was 6 miles from open space," Hughan told KTLA.
Police officials kept spotlights on the bear as it wandered around a commercial district, nimbly climbing chain-link fences and cinder-block walls. It finally ended up a tree near portable bathrooms in a parking lot, the LA Times reports, where a dozen officers cornered it.
As can be seen in the aerial footage, the unconscious bear provided a photo op for the officers, who also took the opportunity to pet the conked-out beast.