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Bear Wanders Onto South Coast Beach; Eventually Has To Be Euthanized

A bear which made a surprising appearance at a South Coast beach has been euthanized.

The 250 plus pound black bear turned up at Rincon Beach Saturday afternoon, near the Ventura-Santa Barbara County line. The bear was seen by a number of beachgoers as it wandered around, and eventually camped out of a hill above the beach. When the bear failed to head back into the mountains, State Fish and Wildlife wardens tranquilized it Sunday morning.

It was taken to a veterinary facility, but experts determined the old bear was in poor health, and needed to be euthanized.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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