Wild Bear Rescued from Tree in Cemetery

North of Los Angeles in Oxnard, firefighters removed a 200 pound black bear from a tree in a cemetery. The bear had been wandering around a residential area near a condo complex in the very early morning before Fish and Game employees were alerted. Fish and Game personnel cooperated with local firefighters to tranquilize and bring the bear back to the ground from its perch about 25 feet up.

It had first been spotted near a fire station, and then next to the Santa Clara Cemetery. Firefighters used a truck ladder and makeshift hoist to gently lift the bear from the tree and slowly lower it back down to ground. It was wrapped in a tarp for transport and was then taken to Los Padres National Forest.

During its urban escapade the bear attracted the attention of several game wardens, a news helicopter, and various firefighters. That it actually traveled to Oxnard, was not surprising to bear biologist, Marc Kenyon, who told an L.A. Times reporter, “They are 100 percent garbage-eating machines. Bears can roam in one direction up to about 100 to 150 miles.” It is thought the bear probably came from Los Padres, which has a southern border about 25-30 miles from Oxnard.

Black bears are rarely violent with humans and have mainly a vegetarian diet.

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Gloria picchetti
Gloria picchetti3 years ago

Wildlife workers must be fun parents.
How was your day? We caught a released a bear!

Susan A.
Susan A.3 years ago

How interesting and cool!

Aimee A.
Aimee A.3 years ago

I love the bears! Thank you for saving this one!

Marianna B M.


K Rose
K Fielding3 years ago

Awwww bless!!!
Wish every case had a happy ending :-(

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

I like happy endings. They're so few and far between in this day and age, especially for our animal friends.

Cindi N.
Cindi Nickle4 years ago

Yeah a happy ending for a change.What a great job by all involved. Hope he lives a long healthy life.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Lyn N.
Neela N.4 years ago

We insist on building were we know wildlife is and than get upset when they get too close. It is just lucky that this bear had the right persons reacting to removing it further away, but soon there will be no more 'further' away.
Wildlife is shot by police all the time because homes are built where their habitat once was.
I'm happy this time things turned out well.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.