The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia was closed and evacuated Friday afternoon after a mother bear and two cubs were sighted on the site, authorities said.
The bears were last seen sleeping on the 127-acre arboretum site, said California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Tim Daly. Animal specialists said the area is too urban to try to bully the bears or chase them back into the wild.
Instead, officers will try to tranquilize the bears – starting with the mother, Daly said.
“It’s a slow process with so many animals involved,” Daly said in an email. “We’ll eventually bring all three back [the] next suitable habitat.”
After the bears are released into the wild, officers stay and make sure they are safe.
The arboretum grounds have been closed and all guests have been escorted out, a spokesman said. The area is home to a variety of wildlife including ducks, egrets, turtles and peacocks.
A photographer with KNBC 4 News posted a photo on social media, which is being shown A group of elementary school children on a field trip who discovered the bears. The photographer also shared a picture of a bear roaming the grounds.
This is an evolving story.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-11-04/l-a-arboretum-closed-after-mother-bear-cubs-spotted-on-grounds L.A. County Arboretum in Arcadia closed after mother bear, cubs spotted on grounds