Lt. Angela Shepherd of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Crescenta Valley Station confirmed to The Times that the 400-pound ursine with an orange ear tag was spotted in La Crescenta around 9:30 a.m. She provided no additional details, but state Fish and Game Capt. Mike Stefanak said a homeowner saw the bear in her backyard and assumed that it had just exited her pool because it was soaking wet. He said it left the property and wound up in a canyon behind the house before running away.
Asked how Fish and Game officials might handle the bear, Stefanak said, "Every option is still available."
"We are going to do everything we can to keep from destroying that animal," he said.