Bear wanders through neighborhood, takes dip in pool

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials are looking for a black bear that is wandering in the La Cañada Flintridge neighborhood and cooled off in a swimming pool Wednesday morning.

The 250-pound female bear was first spotted about 10:30 a.m. at a YMCA near Foothill Boulevard and the 2 Freeway, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Randy Tuinstra told KTLA.

The Pasadena Police Department was also on scene, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for Fish and Wildlife, told the Times that wardens were trying to chase the bear back into the hills.

“It’s a wily little fellow,” Hughan said.

Officials do not think the bear is aggressive and is believed to be about 3 years old.

“The bear is terrified,” Hughan told the Times. “It’s just terrified of the noises, the police cars, the helicopters. … We want people to back off.”  

Several spectators lined the street to catch glimpses of the bear and to make sure it wasn’t injured. 

The bear had previously been walking in a front yard in the neighborhood before it walked up steps to a home and came upon a fence.

The bear then wandered into a back yard of another home at the end of Jarvis Avenue and took a dip in the pool, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

About 11:15 a.m. the bear was seen climbing a pine tree in the area. As of 3 p.m., she remained napping in the tree.

In a tweet, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said there was “no reason to shoot or dart” the bear.

Wardens on scene have bean-bag guns in case the bear makes its way toward spectators, but officials don’t anticipate having to use them.

About 1:45 p.m. the agency tweeted that the bear was a yard away from open space, “so we’re hopeful for a quick scamper home soon.”

The same bear had apparently be spotted in Pasadena over Memorial Day weekend.

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