Bear Climbs Aliso Street Tree

By Scott Wintermute

A large black bear made its way into town early Saturday morning, climbing a tree near the corner of Signal and Aliso streets at around 1 a.m. Crowds gathered throughout the day to get a look at the big critter, whose backside was plainly visible from Aliso Street as it lounged on a branch. Ojai Police and California Department of Fish and Game officials decided that the best way to deal with this particular bear, who was quite placid and seemed content to spend some time on his perch, was to let him be and leave under his own power. The strategy for this plan was to allow just enough people to hang around and gawk as to dissuade him from coming down

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