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Not A Joke: Why Did The Bear Cross The 210?

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For the third time in recent memory, a bear managed to make his way down from the Angeles National Forest to the other side of the 210 Freeway.

This bear, who doesn't have a name or Twitter account as far as we know, was spotted around 8:40 am this morning, according to City News Service. The bear managed to cross all eight lanes of the 210 Freeway without any injuries (unlike this poor bear), although the animal did shut down traffic in both directions during his trek.

After crossing the freeway, the bear took a little break about two blocks away in Montrose. (Sheriff's deputies have their own jargon for this: "standby" mode.) The Department of Fish and Game was expected to tranquilize the bear.

"This is a common occurrence," Sgt. Cynthia Gonzales of the Crescenta Valley Station told CNS. "A couple of weeks ago it was Meatball (another bear) and a week before that another bear."

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But Meatball (aka Glen Bearian) found his way back twice, even after being dumped 50 and then 70 miles out of town. Last we heard, he was sent to an Eastern San Diego County animal sanctuary.

UPDATE 1:30 pm: The freeway-crossing black bear was quite busy this morning, according to a release we just got from the sheriff's department. Neighbors noticed the bear was up and at 'em around 7:30 am this morning. The 300-pound bear got some exercise walking the track at Crescenta Valley High School. The animal stopped in front of a nail salon on Foothill Boulevard, but it wasn't open. Then this bear moseyed on along with a helicopter overhead until some Department of Fish and Game wardens arrived on the scene around 9 am. They tranquilized the bear, tagged the ear and took the animal back up into the forest.

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