Bear Struck By Car On 210 Freeway, Will Be Euthanized [Updated]
An approximately 200-pound bear survived after being struck by a car on the 210 freeway early Monday morning. Apparently taking his cues from the upper echelons of American power, the injured bear is now hiding in bushes on the freeway embankment, according to KTLA.
Police officers first spotted the bear walking along Bowdoin Street at around 7:40 a.m. in La Verne, a suburb between San Dimas and Claremont east of Los Angeles. The bear then made its way onto the 210 freeway, where it was struck and injured by an eastbound vehicle near the Fruit Street exit, according to the La Verne Police Department. KTLA reports that responding officers saw the bear "limping and laying down."
The Fruit Street onramp to the westbound 210 freeway remains closed.
SIGALERT ISSUED IN LA VERNE. FRUIT STREET ON-RAMP TO WB I-120 IS CLOSED FOR AN UNKNOWN DURATION DUE TO POLICE ACTIVITY— CHP PIO - LA County (@CHPsouthern) May 15, 2017
La Verne Police told LAist that the California Fish and Wildlife Department is currently on the scene. Video coverage shows Fish and Wildlife officers aiming what appears to be a tranquilizer gun at the bear. We reached out to Fish and Wildlife for comment but did not immediately hear back.
A number of news stations are now showing live feeds of the bear hiding in the bushes because this is 2017:
[Update: 11:18 a.m.]
According to ABC 7, the bear has been captured/rescued and will be transported to receive care:
[Update: 12:17 p.m.]
According to ABC 7, the bear suffered a broken limb and will be euthanized: