Law enforcement and California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials are trying to get a black bear back into its habitat after it wandered into the La Cañada Flintridge neighborhood and cooled off in a swimming pool Wednesday morning. The bear is now napping in a pine tree as wardens wait for it to come back down.
The female 250-pound bear was first spotted about 10:30 a.m. at a YMCA near Foothill Boulevard and the 2 Freeway, said LASD Lt. Randy Tuinstra. The Pasadena Police Department were also on scene, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for fish and wildlife told the Times that wardens were trying to chase the bear back into the hills.
“It’s a wily little fellow,” Hughan said. Officials do not think the bear is aggressive and is believed to be about three years old.
“The bear is terrified,” Hughan told the Times. “It’s just terrified of the noises, the police cars, the helicopters … We want people to back off.”
Several spectators lined the street to catch glimpses of the bear and to make sure it isn’t injured.
The bear had previously been walking in a front yard in the neighborhood before it walked up steps to a home and came upon a fence in the area.
The bear then wandered into a back yard of another home at the end of Jarvis Avenue and took a dip in the pool, aerial video from Sky5 showed.
About 11:15 a.m. the bear was seen climbing a pine tree in the area. As of 3 p.m. she remained napping in the tree.
In a tweet, fish and wild life officials said they have “no reason to shoot or dart” the bear and will wait until the bear comes down. Wardens on scene have bean bag guns in case the bear makes its way toward spectators, but officials don’t anticipate having to use them on this bear.
About 1:45 p.m. the agency tweeted that the bear was a yard away from open space, “so we’re hopeful for a quick scamper home soon.”
The same bear had apparently also be spotted in Pasadena over Memorial Day weekend.