ARCADIA (CBSLA.com) — A mother bear and her cub hung out Saturday afternoon in an Arcadia neighborhood putting residents on edge.
The first sighting occurred just after 2 p.m. in the 1700 block of La Ramada Avenue and the bears were perfectly content to make themselves at home.
KCAL9’s Bobby Kaple talked to some of the nervous neighbors and also talked to some who were able to grab cameras and take photos of the mother and child.
Kaple also spoke to a resident who shot some cell phone video of the bear crashing through his fence. The mother was huge.
“I was putting dishes away,” said Jackie Nakaishi, “and all of a sudden through my French doors, I see two bears, a baby bear and a mama bear looking at me. I freaked out. Oh my gosh.”
She and her kids saw the pair roaming around their property and snapped several photos.
“There was a momma bear and her cub and they were just walking around in our backyard. Then they climbed up this ledge and climbed over the fence,” said daughter Kailee.
“They were going through our trash cans but they really didn’t eat the trash,” said her brother, Kevin.
“It was scary as Hell for a couple hours. I mean, the bear was right outside our dining room window and it was scary,” said Eric Johansen, another neighbor who took photos of his close encounter.
At his property the bears left a mark.
He showed Kaple where the bear put claw makes into one of his trees.
The bears eventually got bored and hightailed it back into the San Gabriel Mountains. Kaple reported police didn’t have to use a single bean bag round to get them to go back home.
“I mean, we live in the foothills. So it’s to be expected,” said Johansen, “you just don’t want to be reminded of that.”
At 8 p.m., there was also a bear sighting in Sierra Madre, Kaple reported. “No word on where that bear is now,” he said.