Bear tranquilized, moved after stroll through SoCal neighborhood

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MONROVIA, Calif. — A bear wandered through a residential neighborhood east of Los Angeles Friday, marking the second sighting there in two days, KTLA reports.

The large bear was first spotted perusing streets, alleys and front yards in Monrovia, east of Pasadena in the San Gabriel Valley, about 2:30 a.m. As of 6:30 a.m., media members and police were following the bear as it continued to explore.

As the bear was wandering into the front yard of one home, a man came outside and calmly walked toward his car.

He stopped to talk to KTLA’s Lynette Romero and said he’s used to bears hanging around the neighborhood.

“Trashcans come out on Friday and they come looking for something to eat,” Douglas Dennis said.

Finally, after hours of roaming from house to house, the bear decided to take a nap and slept peacefully until helicopters and lawnmowers woke it up, 16-year-old Aiden Dennis said.

That’s when Fish and Game officials tranquilized the bear and carried it out of the yard.

Video shows it took about six men working together to carry the bear.

Another bear sighting was reported Thursday morning on the nearby Mayflower Elementary School campus, but it left before officials could arrive, the Monrovia Police Department tweeted.

It was unclear if Friday’s bear is the same one who visited the school a day before, but Daily said there’s a good chance a bear will return to an area once it finds food.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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