Jun 20, 2013 11:32 PM by KSBY Staff

Bear spotted in SLO neighborhood

Some residents in San Luis Obispo received quite a surprise this morning when they spotted a black bear sleeping in a tree.

The state's Fish and Wildlife Department says the 200-pound black bear was seen resting in a Sycamore tree behind homes near San Luis Drive and Andrews Street.

They say the bear came down after about an hour and began roaming along the creek bed.

Wardens say they were prepared to tranquilize him but the bear ran off.

No injuries are reported and there was no damage to the area.

"This is a natural corridor through here and wildlife will come up and go up in the creek bottom all the time, so that is not unusual for that to happen. We've had bears in the area before," said Rocky Thompson, Senior Wildlife Biologist, California Fish & Wildlife. "The other thing is, when fruit is ripening, like avocados, there was an avocado tree back there, he may be coming in to see what he can find as far as food and stuff just falling off the tree."

Fish and Wildlife suggests those who live near San Luis High not leave pet food out or anything that would attract a bear into the backyard.

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