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Updated: Roaming Bear Locks Down High School

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A roaming bear near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena has forced John Muir High School into lockdown.

CBS LA aired live helicopter footage of the bear running right up to the guardrail of the 210 Freeway before getting scared and heading down the hill again into the brush.

The bear had also roamed through backyards in the Pasadena area and came close to Cleveland Elementary School at 524 Palisade Street at around 3 p.m.

"The bears are trying to fatten up for the winter and this guy (bear) got a little lost," Andrew Hughan of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife told City News Service. "We're going to tranquilize him and put him back in the forest. From what I understand, the Pasadena Police Department has a containment area. He's around there somewhere."

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As of 4:25 the bear was seen right near the north side of the Brookside Golf Course where the 210 Freeway comes near.

Update 4:45 p.m.: Hughan confirmed to KCAL that the bear does have a tranquilizer dart in him. Once the bear is knocked out, wildlife officials will take it to Angeles National Forest.

Pasadena Police Department also briefly shut down the 210 Freeway while the bear was loose. The freeway has since been reopened with no delays.

Update 5:30 p.m.: The Fish and Wildlife Department denied that the bear was darted.