Photos: Montrose bear tranquilized after stopping 210 freeway traffic

Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

The bear that stopped 210 traffic ambled along residential streets in La Crescenta before being tranquilized and transported back to the forest.

Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

Another snapshot of the bear that wandered into a La Crescenta neighborhood Sunday morning.


The Department of Fish and Game tranquilized a bear that wandered into lanes on the 210 freeway, stopping traffic before scrambling up an embankment and into a nearby neighborhood.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Cynthia Gonzales says the bear was spotted Sunday morning on the freeway north of downtown L.A. Officials closed all lanes in both directions as a crew was called to track the animal.

Gonzales says wardens followed the bear as it ambled for less than a mile through a business district and residential streets of Montrose, a foothill community. The Los Angeles Times reported that the bear later drank from a sprinkler, according to CHP logs.

The animal was surrounded at an intersection and hit with tranquilizer darts. Gonzales says the bear will be taken back up into Angeles National Forest.

SoCal has been dotted with many bear sightings during summer months. In August, a bear was euthanized after being struck by a car on the same stretch of freeway. Also, frequent Glendale visitor "Glen Bearian" is awaiting relocation after making himself too comfortable in the city.

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