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.