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Wandering Montrose bear temporarily shuts down 210 Freeway

September 09, 2012

Officials are tracking a bear that is wandering in the Montrose area after crossing the 210 Freeway and shutting down traffic for 10 minutes.

The bear was first sighted in the neighborhood about 7:30 a.m., according to officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The bear climbed onto the freeway about 8:30 a.m., prompting the California Highway Patrol to temporarily close the highway. The bear later entered a residential area and drank from a sprinkler, according to CHP logs. 

"He's just been wandering around for a while," Lt. Angela Shepherd said. 

At least one helicopter, several sheriff's deputies, a canine unit as well as wardens from the California Department of Fish and Game have been deployed to tranquilize the bear and return it to the forest.

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Bear sightings are common in the area, which is close to Angeles National Forest. A 400-pound bear, nicknamed Glen Bearian, that made a habit of dumpster-diving in trash cans in the Glendale area was captured last month.

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-- Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times

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