A bear spotted in La Cañada Flintridge on Monday sent swimmers scurrying indoors as it lumbered from yard to yard, apparently seeking a respite from the hot afternoon sun.
With helicopters tracking its movements, officials were able to tranquilize the bear shortly after 3:30 p.m., more than an hour after it was first reported near Viro Road and Crown Avenue.
Television news footage showed the bear – which officials described as a 1-year-old female – move lazily across the neighborhood, stopping briefly out of sight in trees as officials moved in. At least two swimmers were seen bolting for a house after the bear popped over the fence during its jaunt.
Ben Whitefield, a junior at La Cañada High School, said he was in his home on the 4900 block of Crown Avenue when he saw officers with guns outside.