LITTLEROCK – The young male bear that made headlines last week for wandering through a Baldwin Park neighborhood was found dead just outside the front door of a Littlerock home this morning, authorities said.
Officials received the call around 11 a.m. from a home near East Avenue U-5 and 86th Street East in Littlerock.
A man inside the home told deputies that one of his neighbors called him and told him there was a bear on his front porch. “I looked out the window and I seen it and I called the cops,” the man said.
Fish and Wildlife officials soon responded to the scene.
“One of our very experienced game wardens went out there and after investigating it and making sure that it wasn’t a danger, they approached the bear and they realized that it was dead… with injuries consistent with an automobile crash,” said Andrew Hughan of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. “It could have happened at any time over the last 12 hours. Bears are unbelievably strong, and even if it was hit by a car, it tried to get itself somewhere off the road and ended up on this porch and died.”
Hughan said the department was familiar with the bear, having had a previous encounter just last week.
“This is a 275-pound, 3-year-old male bear,” he said. “This is the same bear that was down in Baldwin Park Friday morning that we captured.”
After authorities spotted the bear roaming around a Baldwin Park neighborhood early Friday morning (Oct. 11), the bear was tranquilized, loaded into a pickup truck and released deep into the Angeles National Forest, according to the LA Times.
“It took off from where we released it and was looking for food, and unfortunately, probably wandered out onto the road,” Hughan said. “It’s always sad when a bear gets killed like this, especially a good-sized bear who was essentially a teenager… It’s sad for all of us.”
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has published tips for respecting and protecting wild animals. For more information, visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/bear.html.