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Authorities In Pursuit Of Black Bear Trekking Through School And Neighborhood

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This bear is having quite the journey today. A large black bear has officials on a wild goose chase since it was first spotted in a tree in a Granada Hills suburb this morning, and then a school, a church, and a golf course.

Officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife escorted schoolchildren off campus before school started and the bear was seen roaming through the backyards of several homes,according to NBC Los Angeles. It later headed straight to the Knollwood Golf Course.

There was a tag on the ear of the bear, which indicates it's not its first time wandering off out of the mountains into the city. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife tranquilize and relocate them, using tags to keep track of them. In addition, the neighborhood is only two miles away from the Santa Susana Mountains, which lends itself as a habitat for black bears, reported KTLA.

This is the third sighting in a week of bear found roaming around in suburban neighborhoods. In Monrovia, a bear was found snacking on a homeowner's lawn and another one was found in Pasadena that put a school on lockdown.

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As of 10:50 a.m., officials have not reported yet if the bear has been captured.