Using a jab stick tipped with a paralytic dose of Telazol, wardens with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife on August 22 immobilized an adult California black bear at 8132 Puesta Del Sol, at Rincon Point. A department biologist believes the animal — described as lethargic and uncharacteristically non-skittish — had arrived at the point via Rincon Creek. The estimated 250-pound male had wandered the beach and nearby private property the previous afternoon.

“It was not at all aggressive,” said photographer Michael Haber, who lives nearby. “He just seemed lost and a bit emaciated. The wardens treated it incredibly; they were just first-class.”

On Sunday morning, wardens tranquilized the bear, then lowered it to the creek for paddleboard transport to the beach. It was hobbled and taken to a vet, who euthanized it after determining that its overall health was poor, according to a department spokesperson.


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