L.A. County Arboretum in Arcadia closed after mother bear, cubs spotted on grounds.
The Arboretum in the San Fernando Valley was the scene not only of a bear attack, but also of a mother bear and her three cubs wandering freely inside.
Arboretum staff confirmed this bear’s presence on Friday, the morning after the bear was attacked by a cougar Monday. The bear, a mother of the three cubs, had been found near the zoo’s main building on Sunday.
The Arboretum confirmed the news Friday on Facebook. “As many of you have known, Friday’s (July 7) was an eventful day,” the post read. “We were made aware of a mother black bear on Wednesday who had been acting odd and was off-leash so we went to the zoo (Arboretum, Arcadia) where she was located and they had her checked out and said she was fine. Wednesday morning came and she was in the building. A staff member called Animal Control, but no one showed up. When I saw the post on Facebook, I had to tell them. The staff were so kind and sent out a bear patrol to check on her and bring her back to their office and then we were to post her whereabouts and let everyone know…. We were very thankful to those involved in checking her out,” the post read.
The cubs and the mother were seen on Wednesday afternoon, and the cubs appeared healthy. The mother had been resting with her cubs as the cubs played in the outdoor area.
The Arboretum posted on Facebook that there was an open bear cub at its facility at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday. The cub was taken into a holding area and the staff responded to a call from Animal Control to determine if the cub was “alive or dead.”
“Our staff observed that the cub was active and playing well, but upon arrival into