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from The San Francisco Chronicle
bears make a big splash in LA suburb
June 9, 2001
BRADBURY, Calif.(AP) -- Could it be that Southern California's recent warm weather is becoming unbearable for residents without pools?
One of two black bears that strolled out of the San Gabriel Mountains and into suburbia on Friday morning quickly hopped into a backyard pool and began doing laps while its companion ambled about.
A little later the 300-pound animals strolled back home. (continued)
They left quickly enough that authorities didn't have a chance to tranquilize them. But not fast enough to avoid the TV cameras that recorded their antics in this city 21 miles east of Los Angeles.
"They are just roaming, looking for food," sheriff's Lt. Debra Lenhart said. "They come down at least once a month. We are so close to the mountains. And they like to cool off in the pools."
State Fish and Game workers monitored the bears and authorities asked residents to stay in their homes while the animals were in the area. Schools were also notified.
Officials reminded people not feed any bears that come down from the mountains.
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