If you’re heading to the coast this week, there’s one less rest area for you to use. A rest area on Highway 8 at Elma has been closed indefinitely due to a black bear that is making itself at home there.

The bear has been sleeping in a tree between the rest rooms and the parking area. The Department of Fish & Wildlife can’t remove the bear because it could fall and injure itself if it were hit by a tranquilizer dart while in the tree.

Department of Transportation officials say they won’t open the rest stop again until the bear leaves the area.

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