When you go into LA today you’re sure of a big surprise.
It wasn’t exactly a teddy bear’s picnic, but a young bear wandering a suburban neighbourhood.
Footage captures part of the two-hour wild bear chase as police try to round up the animal as it runs through yards, scales walls and fences, and crosses roads about 9.15pm Monday night.
The two-year-old animal was first spotted at the Los Angeles Mission College campus in Sylmar, according to CBS Los Angeles.
An animal control finally shot the 57 kilogram female cub with a tranquilizer, causing it to pass out 15 minutes later in a neighbour’s front yard.
Animal control and police officers safely loaded the animal onto a pickup truck and returned it back to the Angeles National Forest, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
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The CDFW reported the cub was in good health, and transported back to forestlands and released after recovering from the tranquilizer drugs.
Sylmar bear release video pic.twitter.com/CZyuhlTyj4— Cal Fish & Wildlife (@CaliforniaDFW) April 26, 2016
“She has an ear tag and will hopefully remain out of urban areas,” the department said in a statement on Facebook accompanying a video of the bear safely returned to its habitat.
“Thank you to all the other agencies that helped with this successful event,” a CDFW spokesperson wrote.