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Bear Roams Sylmar Neighborhood As Residents Shelter In Place

SYLMAR ( — A young bear is back in the Angeles National Forest after leading Los Angeles police officers, firefighters and animal control officers on a wild chase through a Sylmar neighborhood Monday night.

The animal was first spotted around 8 p.m. on the campus of Mission College on Eldridge Avenue.  For two hours, the bear was running through streets, alleys and front yards.

He also scaled walls and fences. At one point, he climbed up a palm tree and came right back down.

Shortly after, animal control officer shot the animal with a tranquilizer. About 15 minutes later, the bear passed out on someone's front yard.

Animal control and police officers were standing by to pick up the bear, loaded it onto a pickup truck, tagged it and took it back to the wild.

The male bear is about two years old and 125 pounds, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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