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Bear Moves Into LA 'Burbs

Oblivious texter nearly walks into new neighbor
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2012 12:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – There goes the neighborhood. A black bear apparently sick of roughing it in the wilds of California decided to check out a suburb 10 miles north of Los Angeles in the Verdugo Mountains area. The bear was spotted lounging on a lawn before investigating several backyards, shooting him to the top of the list of suspects tearing through trash bins the last few weeks, reports AP. One pedestrian was so focused on his cell phone that he didn't notice his new neighbor until the last minute—then sprinted to safety. Despite the bear's powerful jaws and giant claws, the three-year-old male appeared to be "pretty mellow," said one ranger. He was eventually tranquilized while napping under a tree, and removed to a woodsy area where the taxes aren't so high. (Read more Los Angeles stories.)

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