I know that California is renowned for its "bear" community but its very rare to see them up trees.
From THE LOS ANGELES TIMES:
Police, firefighters and wildlife officials were in a standoff with a 200-pound black bear on the loose early Tuesday in a residential area of Oxnard.
Residents first spotted the bear running around the residential area on Vineyard Avenue about 2:15 a.m. Officers arrived on the scene and kept track of the bear as it ran through the neighborhood. The animal ran into Santa Clara Cemetery a few blocks away and climbed a tree next to a condominium complex. The bear descended and ran for a while longer before scaling another tree in the cemetery, where it found a perch about 25 feet above the ground.
Wardens from the state Department of Fish and Game shot the animal with tranquilizer darts, hoping to capture it and release it into a remote area. By 8 a.m., three wardens were on the scene and firefighters climbed a ladder and worked to hoist the sedated animal into a harness and lower it from the tree without injuring it.
Authorities are at a loss for how the bear, a rare sight in any residential area, made its way to a heavily populated part of the coastal city of Oxnard, just a few blocks from the 101 Freeway. The most likely scenario is that it wandered down from the hills during the night, crossing fields filled with inviting strawberries in blossom.
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