Bear roams the streets of Paso Robles

May 25, 2023


Things were a bit wild in Paso Robles during the past two days, as a somewhat disoriented bear wandered through the city.

On Wednesday, multiple residents took photos of a black bear roaming around homes and along roadways. On Thursday morning, a caller reported a bear near the intersection of 3rd and Oak streets.


Later in the day, a caller reported a bear wandering near Target on Theatre Drive. By the time Paso Robles police officers arrived, the bear was near the Chili’s Grill & Bar.

Spooked by the attention, the bear climbed up a tree.

With the assistance of police officers, SLO County Animal Services and California Department of Fish and Wildlife employees, the juvenile bear was darted with a tranquilizer, examined for any illnesses, injuries, then tagged and relocated to Los Padres National Forest.

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Oh there have been “Bears” in Paso for decades. They usually hang out in the back of Pappy’s.