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UPDATED: Injured Bear Euthanized

Portions of the 210 freeway were completely closed, the bear was reportedly on or near the freeway.

UPDATED: Injured Bear Euthanized UPDATED: Injured Bear Euthanized

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Officials at the California Department of Fish and Game revealed that the bear suffered "catastrophic" injuries to its hind legs as a result of the vehicle collision.

"No one at DFG ever wants to see an animal destroyed. We do not destroy animals unless we have to, and to end its suffering," said Andrew Hughan of the Department of Fish and Game.

The bear was not the more famous bear dubbed "Meatball," Hughan said.

UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: KTLA News is reporting the bear that was hit by a vehicle this morning had sustained major injuries and had to be euthanized.

The bear, estimated at about a year old, was euthanized around 4 p.m., said officials with the Department of Fish and Game.

UPDATE, 3:29 p.m.: All lanes of the 210 freeway are reportedly opened now after officials removed the injured bear from the area in La Cañada Flintridge.

PREVIOUSLY: Fish and Game officials have tranquilized and are treating the bear reportedly injured by a moving vehicle.

The bear was located behind a Starbucks, 475 Foothill Blvd., near Gould Avenue Sunday morning.

"They're out there. I guess he's in the bushes. They're trying to contain him," said an official at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.

The extent of injuries to the bear is unknown at this time. According to scanner reports, the bear was tranquilized just before 3 p.m. behind the Starbucks and deputies were asking for a fire truck with a ladder to secure the animal, however as of 3:03 p.m. the animal was reportedly down on the ground.

All east and westbound lanes of the Interstate 210 Freeway near the scene were shut down for a period. The bear was reportedly on or very near the freeway, according to the CHP.

Westbound lanes were reopened by 3:07 p.m., the eastbound lanes are still closed, the CHP said.

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