Bear Sedated After Romp Near Sylmar College

A bear led authorities on a wild chase through the Southern California community of Sylmar before wildlife officials sedated the gentle giant Monday night.

The black bear was first spotted near the Los Angeles Mission College campus, prompting officials to warn students and teachers to shelter in place.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department was assisting after the bear was spotted in the 13300 block of Eldridge Avenue at 9 p.m.

The bear scaled fences, running from police cruisers trying to scare it from the area for more than an hour.

No people were hurt by the bear, LAFD officials said.

The male bear is likely 2 to 3 years old and weighs 125 pounds, California Fish and Wildlife officials estimated.

The bear snoozed in a truck bed after a wildlife official shot it with a tranquilizer dart.

The animal was to be returned to the Angeles National Forest, officials said.

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