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Black Bear in Tree Causes School Lockdown in California

Rancho Cucamonga Police Department

A black bear high atop a eucalyptus tree in Rancho Cucamonga caused quite a stir May 18 – triggering a school lockdown for the safety of students.

The brazen black bear, first spotted at Hellman and Lemon avenues before 8 a.m., traversed a mile to Highland and Hermosa avenues, before finally seeking out the safety of a tall eucalyptus tree. With the bear in close proximity to Vineyard Junior High School, officials made the decision to put the school on lockdown.

The bear spent more than an hour in a stalemate – looking down at various police and officers of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on the ground.

Here is video footage of the earlier pursuit taken by a member of the Rancho Police Department.

Eventually the bear made its way down from the tree, at which point it was tranquilized by wildlife officials. It was then to be released safely back to the forest.

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Black Bear in Tree Causes School Lockdown in California