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Another Bear Wandered Into Suburban Pasadena

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There have been several bear sightings in and around Pasadena recently, the latest spotted hanging out in a tree yesterday afternoon.

ABC-7 reports that an adult, female black bear had to be rescued from a tree on the 1100 block of N. Michigan Avenue on Saturday afternoon, before it was relocated to its believed home in the nearby foothills of the Angeles National Forest.

KPCC notes that the bear was first spotted roaming Pasadena Friday night. When the bear was cornered in the tree around noon on Saturday, wardens from the Department of Fish and Wildlife tranquilized her.

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"This is this is the busiest time of year for bears to wander in residential areas," Marty Wall of the Department of Fish and Wildlife told KPCC. "They're looking for food or water or both — and people tend to provide everything bears need."

It was an all-hands-on-deck effort to try to trap the bear: animal control, a sheriff's helicopter, fire officials and police patrolled the streets looking for her.

"We heard loud speaker come on saying, 'there's a bear in this neighborhood. Get inside your houses. If you see the bear, call 911,'" nine-year-old Hannah Cahalan, who was walking to the park, told NBC L.A. "I'm happy it's going back to forest." We are too!

On Monday, another bear was spotted near Pasadena's Eaton Canyon Park Golf Course. And before that another black bear was seen chilling in a tree in Rancho Cucamonga.

So, what's up with the frequency of all these bear sightings? Andrew Hughan of the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife told the L.A. Times last week that now is a time of year when new cubs have been born, and so their older siblings are being displaced—they've been kicked out of the house, so to speak.

"It's their first time on their own, so they'll smell something and follow it and next thing you know they're in downtown Pasadena," Hughan said.

While these bear sightings are cool and all, nothing can top that time when a mountain lion wandered onto a high school campus and the teens went crazy.

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