MONROVIA (CBSLA) — A bear was spotted early Friday, sniffing around trash cans and houses in Monrovia, a day after a bear sighting at a local elementary school.
The 400-pound, female bear was first spotted at about 2:30 a.m. in the 300 block of North Mayflower Avenue – the same street where Mayflower Elementary School is located.
The bear appeared to be unconcerned about the several news vehicles and photographers following it as it ambled along sidewalks and visited the porch of one home on Highland Place.
“It’s nice to be able to get this close to him,” resident Elizabeth Riteholz said.
CBS2/KCAL9’s Jake Reiner said the bear came very close to curious bystanders but has not been aggressive at all. Even though Monrovia residents are rather accustomed to bears in the area, a big crowd formed to get a look at the lethargic-looking bear.
“This bear doesn’t scare you but you still gotta — it’s a wild animal, so you gotta stay away from it,” resident Joseph Thomas said.
The bear wandered Monrovia much of the morning, strolling up and down driveways. At one home, it appeared to intimidate a dog that was barking at it ferociously from behind a wrought-iron fence.
Officers from California Fish & Wildlife tranquilized the bear at about 8 a.m. and moved her to the Angeles National Forest. Fish & Wildlife says she was probably hungry and bears often know when trash day in certain neighborhoods — and Friday was indeed trash day in Monrovia.
Fish & Wildlife says they plan to monitor her movements going forward.