Bear sightings reported in La Crescenta

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Residents reported multiple bear sightings overnight in La Crescenta neighborhoods, prompting Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies to put out an alert and search the area with a helicopter, authorities said.

Despite the reports, deputies on foot and in the air did not find a bear around residences near the Foothill (210) Freeway. The area is a surprising distance from the mountainside neighborhoods where most wandering large animals are typically sighted, said Sgt. Gloria Young, of the Sheriff’s Department.

Two residents called authorities at about 7 p.m. Tuesday reporting bear sightings near the 4400 block of Ocean View Boulevard and a third caller reporting seeing a bear at about 2 a.m. at the 2700 block of Prospect Avenue, Young said.

“I was surprised,” said Young, later adding, “I don’t know that we’ve every had a bear sighting this low in the city.”

Young said the bear, if there was one, could have wandered into La Crescenta from the burned areas of the Station Fire and likely found its way back to the Angeles National Forest before officials could find it.

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Written by Zain Shauk

November 11, 2009 at 7:57 am

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