LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a bear seen struck by a car in a foothill community north of Los Angeles has been euthanized after game wardens determined that its injuries were too severe.
A spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game said the bear's back legs were broken after being hit Sunday morning near La Canada (kuhn-nyah-dah) Flintridge.
Andrew Hughan said the young male bear was spotted walking with a limp later in the afternoon behind a shopping center. Game wardens shot tranquilizer darts at the bear, prompting it to climb up a tree near Interstate 210.
The California Highway Patrol said it shut freeway lanes for several minutes until wardens were able to remove the bear for a medical examination.
Hughan said the injuries were "too catastrophic" and the bear couldn't be saved.
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