UPDATED: Injured Bear Euthanized

Portions of the 210 freeway were completely closed, the bear was reportedly on or near the freeway.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Officials at the California Department of Fish and Game revealed that the bear suffered "catastrophic" injuries to its hind legs as a result of the vehicle collision.

"No one at DFG ever wants to see an animal destroyed. We do not destroy animals unless we have to, and to end its suffering," said Andrew Hughan of the Department of Fish and Game.

The bear was not the more famous bear dubbed "Meatball," Hughan said.

UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: KTLA News is reporting the bear that was hit by a vehicle this morning had sustained major injuries and had to be euthanized.

The bear, estimated at about a year old, was euthanized around 4 p.m., said officials with the Department of Fish and Game.

UPDATE, 3:29 p.m.: All lanes of the 210 freeway are reportedly opened now after officials removed the injured bear from the area in La CaƱada Flintridge.

PREVIOUSLY: Fish and Game officials have tranquilized and are treating the bear reportedly injured by a moving vehicle.

The bear was located behind a Starbucks, 475 Foothill Blvd., near Gould Avenue Sunday morning.

"They're out there. I guess he's in the bushes. They're trying to contain him," said an official at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.

The extent of injuries to the bear is unknown at this time. According to scanner reports, the bear was tranquilized just before 3 p.m. behind the Starbucks and deputies were asking for a fire truck with a ladder to secure the animal, however as of 3:03 p.m. the animal was reportedly down on the ground.

All east and westbound lanes of the Interstate 210 Freeway near the scene were shut down for a period. The bear was reportedly on or very near the freeway, according to the CHP.

Westbound lanes were reopened by 3:07 p.m., the eastbound lanes are still closed, the CHP said.

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huasha liu August 27, 2012 at 03:04 AM
If the bear is only a year old, he/she is still a cup, a baby! Cups will stay with mom for at least two years before they drift away. The question is: Where is mom? Is she OK? Or is she also hit by the car? Can people drive carefully and not to hurt any wild animals???!!! We must have open spaces that will allow wild animals to live and to survive without being killed by human's cars!!! I am extremely sad on this Sunday evening, after having learned about the death of the baby dear!
CRAIG August 27, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Perhaps there are few too many black bears living in the La Canada/Pasedena/ San Gabriel Mtn Foothills for the available wildlife habitat ( food and cover). Same for mountain lions. The idea of hunting seasons is to remove excess animals in a humane manner, raise revenue throught the sale of hunting licenses, and allow for more healthy wildlife populations. The license revenue can be used by CA Fish and Game for wildlife management (biological studies) and other related wildlife activities. In addition, removal of excess wild animals reduces the opportunity for future human-wildlife conflicts which have become a regular, if not intermittant occurance around here.
CRAIG August 27, 2012 at 03:16 AM
No picture possible. I did not bring my digital camera on the trip and the L.A. County Deputy Sheriff insisted I leave the scene immediately. If I had refused, then I would have been subject to arrest for failure to obey a law enforcement officer. As an aside, County Sheriffs have no direct authority over wildlife or fish matters and merely act in a supportive or auxillary role, as they did in this instance. Only State Fish and Game Officers have jurisdiction over wildlife matters and game enforcement ( Different training and laws).
huasha liu August 27, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I am absolutely speechless by reading the comments above. Are we suggesting that to mitigate the conflict caused by human's sprawl into the wildlife natural world is to eliminate the population of the wildlife? And, the baby bear was in our way while we are driving ... :-( And, the revenue generated from killing baby wildlife ... :-( :-(
not Carl Peterson lll August 27, 2012 at 05:38 AM
THE ROAD TO HELL IS OFTEN PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS. Black bears were introduced to our foothills in 1933 by humans. Bear sightings while rare 20 years ago, are now constant. Two or three lions got killed last month. Lions, and bears are not human. They don't know boundry lines. If you love them so much, you should not encourage them to be in our foothills, and now Griffith Park. Dangerous for people...yes. Very deadly for the animals. This is only the beginning of many dead lions, and bears. They will be shot and run over in line with the amount we encourage them to be right next to us. As for their land.....of the hundreds of thousands of acres of the san gabriels, the amount developed is miniscule in the last twenty years. "Encroaching on their land" is a statement mantra that no one thinks through anymore. People want to feel good about themselves, and bring back all wild animals anywhere possible. If you want a lot of animals to die, then bring them right up to our front door. BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!!! What do you have against deer. They will get all chewed up alive. And how about my three cats that I listen to the coyotes eat alive!!! Do you hate my cats. Now close your eyes, and imagine....all is quite.. wraaaaahhhhh,,,,,,the cats cries are very, very sqealching and very quickly the air stops going through the vocal cords. The cats neck is broken and dead in the coyotes mouth, before you can even understand what is happening. Happy trails to you
Kirsten Winter August 27, 2012 at 04:07 PM
My friend spotted the bear as he was on his way to work, he called 911, but it did not appear that any units were dispatched to the scene. I wonder had they responded to the first call, could this poor bear have been spared the trauma of being hit by a car and then ultimately euthanized?
Lisa August 27, 2012 at 04:13 PM
A mother bear will stay with her cub as long as the cub is healthy enough to fend for itself. If a cub suffers an injury beyond repair the mother bear will abandon the cub.
Home Ranger August 27, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Grizzly bears were the dominant bear population here until around 1900, when they became extinct in this area due to hunting. With the larger grizzlies gone, Black bears slowly began moving into this area shortly after. In the 1930's the Dept. of Fish and Game introduced 28 black bears into the already small but established population. This area was not developed until the 1950's, and then it was pretty sparse. And those were small country homes with large lots, or expansive ranches. Not at all like the tiny lots with giant McMansions that cluster up in "our foothills" now. House cats have no defenses against coyotes, or other larger mammals. Coyotes are well-known, visible common predators around here. It is common knowledge that they are wandering around here; I see them every week driving around Flintridge, and I've heard them howling at friend's homes in Glendale. They wander around Los Feliz all day. Letting housecats outside to deal with these obvious threats is irresponsible on the owner's part, not the animals. I, for one, enjoy seeing deer, coyotes, snakes, and bears in my neighborhood. It means that there is a balance between humans and wild mammals. This is not, and should not be, and overpaved, overdeveloped urban setting devoid of wildlife.
Burkey Devitt August 27, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Above poster states: "of the hundreds of thousands of acres of the san gabriels, the amount developed is miniscule in the last twenty years" --Well, sure, a lot of it cannot be built upon, because it is mountainous. But if you stop to consider the riparian habitat in the foothills, for example that of the endangered Hahamongna area, it's disappearing faster than Padadenans can say "We need more soccer parks." Just one other thing----people on this thread are commenting with respect for wildlife and with a desire not to see man's machines laying waste to it. This is a very different issue than animals killing each other for food, as they do to survive.
Burkey Devitt August 27, 2012 at 09:55 PM
That's exactly what's being suggested, and I'm glad someone else noticed it.
CRAIG August 28, 2012 at 01:24 AM
BAMBI LOVERS I suppose you subscribe to "mindless preservation" ( The No-Action Alternative). No competent Fish and Game biologist would suggest species elimination. Instead, they practice thoughfull, professional Wildlife Management. The idea is if you don't harvest the excess wildlife from a given area, then nature will eventually do it for you ( starvation, disease, predation, etc.). That stray yearling black bear in La Canada Sunday was looking for something. What do you think it was? The same logic applies to managing the National Forests. Either you manage the timber and brush or mother nature does it for you, as was the case in the Station Fire on the Angeles National Forest in August, 2009. Nobody controlled the brush growth for 40 years, so when the right fire conditions occurred, it all burned up. Not the "preferred alternative", as far as I am concerned.
CRAIG August 28, 2012 at 01:30 AM
The last Grizzly Bear in California is said to have been shot in August 1922 in Tulare County, Calif. http://www.library.ca.gov/history/symbols.html
Aisha Cohen August 28, 2012 at 01:38 AM
You are unnecessarily morbid and gross.
CRAIG August 28, 2012 at 03:34 AM
LAND OF NUTS & FRUITS There are few big game hunters residing in SOCal. In contrast, there are millions of urban environmentalists who oppose trapping, hunting and fishing.
not Carl Peterson lll August 28, 2012 at 05:16 AM
To Aisha. You wrote "you are unnecessarily morbid and gross". Decades ago coyotes were not free roaming our streets creating wild kingdom in our back yards. But now suddenly I am not allowed to have my cat outside anymore for the political correctness of having wild rabid coyotes run free instead. What I wrote was not morbid. What is happening is very morbid. But I will always love you, who ever you are.
M Wiggins August 28, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Our first set of house cats were actually feral and captured from up here. I lived in Burbank at the time. I did not like that cats, who are used to roaming outside, should be locked up in the house. I let them roam outside. They had claws. They had their natural instincts. They were just neutered and had all their shots. They both (at 12 lbs each) were eaten by coyotes in the same night). Our 2nd set of cats are indoor only (mostly, except when a door gets left open). I feel badly that they are kept indoors but at this point I feel they have been too protected to have their instincts still (they were also ferals, rescued). I do not feel I was irresponsible for letting the first set of cats go outside. This is all part of the natural cycle of life. They hunted and were hunted. I feel they had a better, even if it was shorter, life living that way than the ones kept indoors.
Linda Moca August 28, 2012 at 07:21 PM
You're spot on Marty!!!! I couldn't have said it better! The assumption is, if you have a wild animal problem, it's your fault. You've encroached on their territory so you deserve what you get! How come they don't let bears, coyotes & mountain lions roam the zoo among the visitors, coexisting together, if it's so safe? Why am I then expected to do so? What if you don't live in a wilderness or mountains, you live in an old, established neighborhood? What then? Those 'encroachment' arguments don't hold water! I can't make animals stay on their side of the fence. My back yard is the 'killing fields'! How would you like to find your beloved family cat in pieces all over your back yard, with a half-eaten, detached head near your back door? Imagine the horror when your kids find it before you do! Gross and morbid, yes, but I didn't make it that way...the wild animal that did the killing did! We've found pieces of other, no longer recognizable animals as well. We've had a bear break into the crawl space under the house. Animal control shows up with pepper spray. Geez, that will do the trick! We've been harassed by coyotes. Bears & other assorted wild animals sleep, hang out & poop in our yard on a daily basis. It is what many of us face in the San Gabriel Valley these days. I live in Monrovia next to a school. It's hardly "cute" to have these creatures in & around my house or at the kindergarten next door! This is the reality when there is not better wild animal 'management'.
Nico August 28, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Any person who lets their cat roam free is directly responsible for the pointless killing of wildlife. Keep your fuzzy little killers inside. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/science/21birds.html
Aisha Cohen August 28, 2012 at 08:22 PM
marty, you don't know what you're talking about when you say that, "Decades ago coyotes were not free roaming our streets creating wild kingdom in our back yards." I've only lived in Altadena a little over a year, but I have a friend that has lived in Pasadena all her life, and she says there's always been coyotes, bears and mountain lions in the SGV and surrounding foothill areas. When their natural food-sources become less plentiful, they always come into the populated areas in search of food. When I lived in Nevada 14 years ago, I saw coyotes in the foothills of a very densely populated area. 4 years ago I saw coyotes a block off Hollywood Blvd., in the shadow of the Griffith Observatory, which is downright urban. The intersection of Maiden & Mendocino, not far from Lake in Altadena, has been dubbed "Coyote Central". I've seen coyotes there, myself, several times. Pets have been attacked in that area, too. I didn't appreciate reading your graphic description of what happens to the pets of careless pet owners. I say careless, because having a pet is like having a small child. You have to protect them and know where they are at all times to keep them safe. In this world, you have to try to respect, understand, and live with all God's creation, which you are obviously incapable of doing. How can you say you love a woman you don't even know when you have no love for God's creation, you hypocrite?
Aisha Cohen August 28, 2012 at 08:22 PM
To marty, Linda Moca, and everybody else complaining about living in an area that has mountain lions, coyotes and bears: Nobody is forcing you to live here. Please continue to live here responsibly, move away or quit complaining.
Lorraine Pozniak August 28, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Nico, you're so right, but I'd like to add to that. Not only can they kill something smaller than they are, but, like it or not, they're in danger of being killed by something bigger than they are.
not Carl Peterson lll August 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Oh Aisha, Aisha, Aisha THOSE WHO CAN NOT ARGUE THE POINT, ATTACK THE PERSON You resort to personal attacks on me while in the same sentence you write about loving and respecting. Your evidence is purely anedotal and hearsay. riddled with kneejerk emotion. but wait there is more!!! You are mad because I said I love you whoever you are?? Sorry..., I still do.... BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!! The morbid thing. The act of an animal eating another is only morbid if it is described, but not the act??? So ridle me this......What in your mind is morbid? ....my telling you to .... do a google image search for: "PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTIONS" or the act of partial birth abortions. Happy trails to you.
Aisha Cohen August 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM
marty, those who are inconsistent in their thoughts and actions always accuse those who call them out on it of attacking them personally. I, on the other hand, am consistent in my thoughts and actions and was quite eloquent in arguing my point, without being graphic or disgusting. You wouldn't know "knee-jerk emotion" if it kicked you. I don't need to be told what animals sound like when they're dying or what they look like when they're dead. I'll agree with you that the act of an animal attacking another animal may be morbid, but your feeling the need to graphically describe it is unnecessarily gross and immature. Speaking of being immature, please stop with the, "BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!!", already... By your even having the nerve to go off-topic and bring up abortions and compare them to dead animals shows me your level of respect for God's creation. You have no respect for anyone or anything, not even yourself...I'll pray for you...
genevieve August 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM
When I was in high school in the middle sixties we had coyotes on our street often. I would leave home before 7 a.m to catch the bus. It mad me uneasy but I crossed their path and they ignored me. I am now 61 and unfortunately the overdevelopment of megamansions has contributed to the demise of these creatures. Now we have bears, few coyotes. Our foothills look so artificial. These creatures are only trying to survive. By the way as a teen I lost 2 cats to coyotes. I do remember the screams but it finally dawned on me to keeep cats inside.
genevieve August 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Hope this doesn't sound too stupid but aren't their rabbits out there? What happened to wild rabbits that could feed coyotes?
not Carl Peterson lll August 29, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Aisha, Everything is getting you all riled up. Even the humor is hitting you hard So, I wiil just wait for you to pray for me and make me better............ .............uhhhh yeah, thats it. I feel the love now!!!!! Wow ! thanks. I think I love y.. Oh !! nooooo!!! I don't .....I mean... Give me one more shot of love.... .......Ra, ma, da sa, sa se so hung.....(its a chant, I am not coming on to you) I am good now. Thank you Love forever, and ever, Me
Aisha Cohen August 29, 2012 at 01:37 AM
marty, you are inappropriate, immature and just plain creepy. If you're supposedly a Buddhist, you're failing miserably... I'm unsubscribing from updates to this article, so don't waste your supposed sense of humor on me anymore.
not Carl Peterson lll August 29, 2012 at 03:43 AM
AISHA HAS SELF IMPLODED. Aisha, you are in a war with yourself. I am not now, nor have I ever been in the boxing ring with you. I am a faceless person in the crowd.You need to figure out who you need me to represent to you. When you do, you will be able to go foward in life. I am not giving you humor, or any sarcasm with this response. It has made you most angry of all. When you feel better, you can apologize. I really do wish you well.
Linda Moca August 29, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Aisha Thanks for your concern about where I live. When I moved here in the late 1960's, we did not have a bear problem or wildlife problem. Our family purposely chose NOT to live in the mountains or a wilderness area. We didn't want to deal with fires, mudslides or wild animals...(skunks, raccoon, squirrels, possums, etc., excepted)! We've had many pets over the years and they were never a meal for larger pray! Whether people like it or not, I will keep complaining about it! Obviously something has changed in the last few years, to make the animals want to move from the wilderness down into the suburbs. I'm not sure what that was....possibly the fires that burned the Angeles Wilderness several years back, possibly over population...maybe both...who knows. There has to be some type of wildlife management. I'm sure you're not advocating that bears be allowed to roam free in a school yard full of kindergartners!
MtnManMike September 02, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Glendale and La Canada used to have a policy "Outta town by sundown", and all the little critters knew they had to skeedaddle when the streetlights would flicker back in the '50's or 60's...Oh wait...Scratch that...


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