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California Briefing / Camarillo

Bears make two surprise visits

May 07, 2009|Alexandra Zavis

Bears were found Wednesday wandering in residential neighborhoods in two Southern California cities. In both cases, the animals were tranquilized and returned to the wilderness.

Residents of a Camarillo apartment complex woke up to an unexpected visitor about 5 a.m. when a 300-pound brown bear was spotted wandering through a densely populated part of town, said the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies followed the bear into the Avalon Camarillo Apartment complex in the 1500 block of Flynn Road, where they corralled and held the animal until wardens from the California Department of Fish and Game arrived and shot it with a tranquilizer dart.

Later Wednesday morning, another bear was spotted moving between residents' yards in La Verne.

Wardens from Fish and Game cornered the bear at Los Encinos Park and tranquilized it. The animal was then transported to a wilderness area and released.

-- Alexandra Zavis

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