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Bear cub rescued from tree in Porter Ranch

May 26, 2010 12:53:52 AM PDT
It was a chaotic scene in Porter Ranch Wednesday morning after a bear wandered into a residential neighborhood and climbed up a big tree.Residents said a neighbor spotted the bear in her driveway at about 7 a.m. She startled the bear, and it ran up a pine tree at Kirkcolm Lane and Stewarton Drive.

Los Angeles firefighters and police officers set up a perimeter and blocked off the area. After waiting for several hours, Fish and Game officials decided to tranquilize the bear, and it took between 10 and 20 minutes after the dart was shot for the bear to fall out of the tree.

"We've lived here 33 years, and other than the two big fires, this is the most excitement we've had," said Mark Shapiro of Porter Ranch.

Game Warden George Struble estimated the bear to be two years old and about 100 pounds.

"We have sightings in the foothill communities all the time out in the Azusa area and San Dimas. This is the first one I can recall in about four years in the Porter Ranch area," Struble said.

Officials said the bear cub must have wandered into the neighborhood from the foothill area. Fish and Game said they will check the bear out, make sure it's OK and release it back to the wild.

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