UPDATE: Bear was in poor shape, had to be euthanized
A black bear apparently decided Saturday was a good day to hit the beach, and wandered into the Rincon Point neighborhood east of Carpinteria.
The young bruin was spotted at about 2 p.m., according to Santa Barbara County sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Welch.
The bear likely had made its way down Rincon Creek into the upscale enclave, which is adjacent to the renowned Rincon surf spot on the border of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
At one point, Welch said, the bear was on the roof of an outbuilding.
Mike Taylor and his wife, Colleen, have lived in the neighborhood for more than two decades, and said this was a first for them.
He said the bear stuck around for 2-3 hours, and settled in along the creek, seemingly unimpressed by state Fish & Wildlife wardens’ attempts to shoo him away.
“The amazing thing to me is that he was on the beach, and he was running across the creek, and people were acting like he was a dog,” Taylor told Noozhawk.
Photos posted on Facebook showed the bear ambling toward the beach.
State Fish & Wildlife personnel were called out to the incident, Welch said, but they could not be reached for comment.
The bear reportedly was tranquilized Sunday morning.
Presumably it was to be relocated to the backcountry, but that could not be confirmed.
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