Bear roams Sun Valley neighborhood, spooking horses

Neighborhood fences and police cars proved no match for a bear in Sun Valley, where it hopped into backyards and roamed into horse corrals Wednesday morning.

“We still don’t have eyes on it,” said Los Angeles police Sgt. Thomas Wunsch of the Foothill station. “Officers are going to hopefully tranquilize it.”

Police started getting calls from residents about 6:10 a.m. about the bear, which TV news showed having free rein through the Sun Valley community. It didn’t appear to be fully grown and was seen climbing over fences into backyards, spooking horses in residents’ corrals and avoiding police cars searching for it on the street.


The bear was reported in an area near the intersection of Sunland Bouleavard and Stonehurst Avenue south of the 210 Freeway.

LAPD’s animal control is headed to the area, Wunsch said.

Andrew Hughan of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said it appeared the bear had been tagged by department officials before.

“Once we get on scene, it should go pretty quickly,” he told KTLA-TV.


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