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Watch: Black bear strolls through California neighborhood

A large black bear has been spotted walking down sidewalks in Monrovia, California, for the past two days

The American black bear can be found in almost any part of North America, according to the National Wildlife Federation.
The American black bear can be found in almost any part of North America, according to the National Wildlife Federation.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Residents of the Southern California community of Monrovia have been on high alert for the past two days, as a large black bear has been spotted multiple times strolling down sidewalks and even visiting a local elementary school, CBSLA reports.

The bear was first spotted near the Mayflower Elementary School on Thursday morning, KTLA reports, but has since garnered quite a following of news outlets and even casual viewers trying to get footage of the bear’s seemingly relaxed Monrovia romp.

While many find the bear footage exciting, others are concerned for the safety of those filming, as well as the safety of the animal itself.

But many Monrovia locals, such as Doug Dennis, say neighborhood bears are common and nothing to worry about. Dennis told CBS he’s seen bears in the suburb many times before, in his yards and even once in a neighbor’s pool.

Officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife came to the scene initially to scare the bear back into the nearby mountains, but were unsuccessful, Fox News reports.

The bear wandered into a resident’s backyard to take a nap Friday morning, according to KNX, but — with the aid of a few tranquilizer darts — the California Department of Fish and Wildlife told KNX they are currently transporting the animal back to his natural habitat.