California bear cools off in a pool before being taken home, police say

A bear in California who wandered around a Los Angeles neighborhood on Tuesday and went swimming in a pool has been “safely returned back to his home,” police said.

After being sighted in Granada Hills and getting caught on camera testing the waters in someone’s backyard pool, the furry creature was shot with a tranquilizer gun, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported. The bear was reportedly set to be returned to the wild after getting struck by the dart.

In this image taken from  video provided by CBS2/KCAL9, a state wildlife control officer fires a tranquilizer dart at a large bear wandering in a park area after spending a few hours roaming a neighborhood and taking a dip in a backyard pool in the Granada Hills area of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Police warned residents to stay indoors after the bear was spotted in the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains. The bear was finally tranquilized and will likely be transported to a nearby wilderness area. (CBS2/KCAL9 via AP)

In this image taken from video provided by CBS2/KCAL9, a state wildlife control officer fires a tranquilizer dart at the bear.  (CBS2/KCAL9 via AP)

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Police seized the moment to caution residents on the potential dangers of bears, while also quipping about hot temperatures in the area.

“We can’t fault this furry guy for wanting to take a dip in this Los Angeles heat, however we are happy to report he was safely returned back to his home,” the LAPD tweeted. “As cute as he looks, remember, he’s a bear so keep away & call the authorities.”

Police had advised people earlier in the day to remain inside after the bear was first noticed in the residential area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.