Racquet Club bear euthanized

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ashley Wilson

Department of Fish and Game officer Jake Combs secures the bear’s legs.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

A 300-pound, female black bear that wandered into the Ojai Valley Athletic Club (OVAC) facility Friday was euthanized after being seen by a wildlife veterinarian. An OVAC employee encountered the animal while cleaning the tennis court sidewalks, according to Ryan Gaston, OVAC general manager. The employee reported the bear hid next to an oak tree upon seeing him, added Gaston.

The bear was dry heaving and showed signs of dehydration when it was found, according to Jake Combs of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

CDFW officials sedated the bear and transported it for examination by the wildlife veterinarian.

The bear was chemically euthanized once it reached the veterinarian.

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