Wandering bear visits Los Angeles suburb

Monrovia: A big, old bear wandered a Los Angeles foothill suburb, drawing curious onlookers and news media before wildlife authorities removed it.

This image provided by KTTV FOX 11 shows a bear walking on the front yard of a home in Monrovia, California.Credit:AP

The bear sluggishly ambled along streets and into backyards in Monrovia on Friday, which sits on the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The Monrovia Police Department said officers kept watch and called state Department of Fish and Wildlife workers to the neighbourhood.

The bear was eventually tranquilised and taken to the nearest suitable forest habitat, said Tim Daly, a Fish and Wildlife spokesman.

"One of our guys out on the scene described the bear as huge – about 400 pounds (181 kilograms) – female and older," Daly said. "In the bear world, she would be described as elderly."

The bear was otherwise fine, he said.

"It's a little alarming how close and comfortable people were getting up next to this bear, but there were no incidents, so we're happy about that," he added.

It was believed to be the same bear seen a day earlier in Monrovia, where it's not uncommon for animals to wander out of the sprawling Angeles National Forest above the city.

The city's bear safety web page notes that bears emerge from winter dens and return to the foothills in search of food when the weather warms up.

That typically occurs in spring, but Southern California's winter has been very mild. Temperatures climbed to 27C in the San Gabriel Valley on Thursday.

Monrovia's most famous bear visitor was Samson the Hot Tub Bear, who took a liking to backyard pools in the 1990s. He eventually was sent to live in the Orange County Zoo.

AP

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