Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a pair of calls about wild bears on Tuesday, according to station officials.
“We had two different bear calls,” said Shirley Miller, station public information officer.
“The bear call in the morning was from up old Ridge Route Road near Templin Highway (in the Lebec area),” Miller said. “Deputies recognized it to be the same bear that had visited Gorman over the weekend, the one pictured on top of a mobile home.
“Apparently, he was edging closer to the dog kennels up there, and when a citizen went to confront the bear, the bear didn’t seem to be that afraid,” she said.
Deputies called California Department of Fish & Wildlife officers and provided assistance once the officers arrived at the scene.
“The bear went up into a tree, then Fish & Wildlife tranquilized it and transported it to a more remote area,” Miller said. “He didn’t seem to be afraid of people, so it was just a public safety matter as well as safety for the bear.”
Deputies reportedly nicknamed the bear “Houdini,” because of its disappearing act.
“I’m not sure which deputy nicknamed the bear ‘Houdini,’ but it’s because the bear’s been surfacing and resurfacing,” Miller said.
On Tuesday afternoon, SCV Sheriff’s Station deputies received a call about another bear, this one spotted much closer to local residents.
“A citizen called us from Stevenson Ranch called and said their teenager was out in the backyard and happened to notice there was a bear in the yard,” Miller said.
“When deputies responded, the bear moved from that yard into another backyard, then fled up a hillside and out of view,” she said. “So we did not need to call Fish & Wildlife officers.”