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`Poler' bear stops desert traffic

July 07, 2007|From the Associated Press

It must have been a "poler" bear.

A bear climbed 100 feet up a Lancaster power pole in the sweltering high desert Friday and brought traffic to a halt as motorists stopped to gawk and take pictures.

"Not a whole lot we could do except keep the people out of the area and let him decide he needs to come down and continue his way on to the mountains, and with the assistance of the Highway Patrol that's what we did," Game Warden Martin Wall told a local TV news station.

After a couple of hours of taking in the view from a crossbar supporting electrical wires, the black bear came back to earth, walked across California 138 and ran off into the desert scrub.

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