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Rare black bear spotted in mountains west of Los Angeles

Rare black bear spotted in mountains west of Los Angeles


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MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The National Park Service says cameras recorded a rare sighting of a black bear in the mountains west of Los Angeles.

Officials said Thursday that researchers spotted the bear in images taken July 26 by cameras that monitor wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains, which are hemmed in by freeways and urban sprawl.

The range hasn't had a resident bear population since the 1800s, when it was home to grizzlies. They're now extinct in California.

Black bears live in nearby mountains such as the Santa Susanas and San Gabriels but are rarely found south of U.S. 101.

The bear was spotted in Malibu Creek State Park. State parks district Superintendent Craig Sap says that if the bear decides to stay, "let's see what we can do to co-exist with it."

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