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Bear Roaming Neighborhood Sends Locals Running

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A black bear roaming a La Cañada-Flintridge neighborhood has sent locals running this afternoon, literally, as a live news broadcast caught some swimmers fleeing the surprise fuzzy fence hopper.

"The animal was first reported in a tree along the 4900 block of Crown Avenue of La Cañada Flintridge around 2:55 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department," reports CBS2.

(Oh, and that's a "file photo" of a bear, not the bear in question, the LASD tells us.)

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KCAL-9 had their news chopper overhead, and were tracking the bear as it moved from yard to yard, hopping fences and seemingly being followed by a crow. They were calling it a "brown" bear, because of its color, however officials took to Twitter to set them straight:

At least two schools in the area were placed on lockdown while the bear was on the loose.

As the camera followed the bear through the neighborhood dotted with beckoning swimming pools, the shot picked up a group of three people lounging inside one of those pools, and the bear was making a beeline for that very yard. Indeed, the camera caught the three swimmers jumping out of the pool and running for their lives when the bear hopped the fence and got a little too close for comfort.

At around 3:40 p.m the LASD reported the bear had been located and tranquilized:

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