Officials captured a 400-pound male bear, but were forced to euthanize it Thursday evening, officials said.
The very mature male bear reportedly suffered multiple injures consistent with being hit by a vehicle. The creature was euthanized after being taken away by the California Department of Fish and Game, officials said.
Authorities first received a call about the bear, which was seen in a tree in the 100 block of Melrose Avenue around 5:30 p.m. The bear had been removed from the tree and Dept. of Fish and Game officials were summoned to the scene, said Andrew Hughan, information officer from the Department of Fish and Game.
About an hour after being examined by a veterinarian, the bear had to be euthanized to be put out of its misery, Hughan said.
The bear's jaw was reportedly broken on both sides and its whole upper body appeared to have severe injuries, all consistent with being struck by a vehicle, Hughan said.