Bear tranquilized, captured in Granada Hills neighborhood

GRANADA HILLS, Calif. - A bear tagged June 3 in Granada Hills wandered back into the same neighborhood near the Knollwood Country Club Tuesday, where he was treed outside a school, chased through backyards and finally taken into custody after being darted with a tranquilizer for a third time.

State Fish and Wildlife rangers with an animal-tracking dog searched the woodsy edges of the Knollwood golf course for the presumably unconscious bear Tuesday afternoon, according to spokesman Andrew Hughan, who said he believed the spunky bear should have been immobilized by about 12:30 p.m.

Soon, however, the 250-pound bear reappeared about 4:30 p.m., fully awake and conscious. He was hit with another tranquilizer and had to be carried uphill from a hill to a waiting truck about 5:45 p.m.

Soon after initially being spotted in the 16600 block of Rinaldi Street about 7 a.m., the California black bear climbed a tree at North Valley Charter Academy, prompting school officials to shoo arriving children inside.

With police and news media helicopters overhead, the bear eventually shimmied down and started running through backyards, with trackers from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife on his heels.

Eventually, the bear was hit with two darts containing a tranquilizer about 9 a.m., but continued over back yard fences and walls and eventually disappeared in the underbrush on the south side of the golf course.

Dan Sforza, assistant chief of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the male bear was tagged on its left ear by wildlife personnel in the same general area June 3.

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