Bear in La Canada scares swimmers, schools

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LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. (AP) — A bear that wandered down from the mountains and into suburban backyards north of Los Angeles had swimmers scrambling from a backyard pool and brought the lockdown of two schools before it was tranquilized.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department said the 125-pound black bear was first spotted in a tree Monday afternoon but was soon scaling fences into yards in La Canada Flintridge.

Paradise Canyon Elementary School and Flintridge Prep were both briefly put on lockdown as television cameras showed the bear nearby.

The bear hopped a fence into a backyard where three people were swimming. They were able to scurry safely into the house.

At about 3 p.m. a deputy shot the bear with a tranquilizer dart, and California Fish and Wildlife officials returned it to the wild.

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