Bear Captured In Granada Hills After Being Tranquilized Twice
GRANADA HILLS (CBSLA.com) — A black bear was captured Tuesday night after it was tranquilized twice in Granada Hills, authorities said.
CBS2′s Gil Leyvas was overhead in Sky2 at 5:15 p.m. as the bear, which was initially tranquilized around 9:15 a.m., was seen running on a golf course near several backyards.
The bear was captured around 5:40 p.m. after it was hit with a second tranquilizer dart. Officials could be seen loading the bear into a truck, but it was unclear where the animal would be released.
Moments before the bear was caught, Sky2 saw resident Hank Burditt running into his home after realizing the bear was feet away from him.
Burditt said he and his family were along their backyard wall when they first spotted the bear coming toward them. They were inside the residence when he decided to go back out.
“I thought my dog was still outside and the door was still open, so that’s the door I was at. I checked outside to see where the bear was, I thought it was in the corner over here, and my sister yelled at me that there was a bear in the yard and scared me, so that’s why I [went] back inside the house,” he said.
KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reported the bear was first seen about 7 a.m. in the 16600 block of Rinaldi Street near Hayvenhurst.
Authorities sedated the animal at 9:15 a.m. when it was seen between the 5th and 6th holes of the Knollwood Country Club golf course near Armstead Street.
“He’s huge, he’s probably one of the biggest black bears I’ve ever seen,” resident Susan Chearman said. “He looks scared.”
The bear sighting was the second in Granada Hills since June, when authorities subdued a bear that was also spotted roaming the golf course at Knollwood.
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