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Bear in the 'burbs: Cub sent packing after romp near homes

This Sunday, April 24, 2016 photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a 2 year-old female bear cub after she was released to an unidentified location in Los Angeles County. Officials captured the bear cub on Sunday, April 24, after it was found in a suburban Los Angeles County foothill community of Duarte. (California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)

This Sunday, April 24, 2016 photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a 2 year-old female bear cub after she was released to an unidentified location in Los Angeles County. Officials captured the bear cub on Sunday, April 24, after it was found in a suburban Los Angeles County foothill community of Duarte. (California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A bear cub seen rooting through garbage cans and wandering in a suburban Los Angeles County foothill community was captured and released back into the wild.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/230IVDD ) the bear — estimated to be about 100 pounds — was spotted Sunday roaming though yards, gardens and down streets in Duarte at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Sheriff's Lt. Ernest Bille says the cub climbed up and down a tree and hid behind homes while wildlife officials searched for it.

The bear was eventually tranquilized, caught and dropped off back in the mountains.

Officials say the cub was between 18 and 30 months old and capable of living independently in the wild.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/