The bear that wandered over the 210 Freeway and into Montrose early Sunday morning has been tranquilized and is being taken back into the Angeles National Forest.
The bear was sedated around 10:30 a.m. after it had been seen in the area of Florencita Lane and Montrose Drive. It had already been loaded into the back of a truck by 11 a.m. Officials were unsure if it was male or female. It did not harm any humans or damage any property.
The animal was first sighted around 7:30 a.m., according to officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The bear climbed onto the freeway at 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," said Lt. Angela Shepherd.
At least one helicopter, several sheriff's deputies and a canine unity as well as wardens from the California Department of Fish and Game had been deployed.