A 200-pound black bear that wandered into a neighborhood near downtown Ventura this week was safely subdued and returned to the Los Padres National Forest, officials said Friday.
State game wardens cornered the bear Thursday afternoon in a backyard in the 1300 block of Brodiea Avenue and shot it with five tranquilizer darts, Lt. Chris Long of the state Department of Fish and Game said.
It took about 90 minutes to catch the bear, which scurried up several trees and then a utility pole even after it had several darts in it. After climbing yet another tree, the dazed bear finally fell to the ground.
The drug used in the dart gun incapacitates the animal's central nervous system, leaving the bear awake but unable to move.