FOREST FALLS (CBS) — A 12-year-old girl was home alone in Forest Falls Wednesday afternoon and just like in the Hollywood movie, she found herself staring down an unwanted house guest.

In this case, however, it wasn’t a group of bungling burglars but rather a bear!

Kara Jackson showed KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen how the bear became an interloper. “This window was open and then he clawed his way in.”

She was about ten feet from the bear when it entered her kitchen, she says.

“When I saw him, I clapped as loud as I could and ran upstairs.”

Apparently, she made enough noise to scare the bear off.

The bear roamed around the kitchen (he knocked over all the kitchen utensils) but decided to leave before completely making himself at home.

Safely upstairs, and hiding in her room, Jackson called her dad who was at work. Cole Jackson, in turn, called the Sheriff’s Department. He told Nguyen he was worried about his daughter’s safety, of course, “But all our kids know [what to do] when they encounter wild life up in the mountains.”

Cole Jackson believe this is the same bear who has been seen around their neighborhood for the past three weeks. After leaving, the bear climbed a tree and stayed for two more hours before returning to the woods.

Might he return? Quite likely…this was the bear’s third trip to the Jackson house in just the past month. A few weeks ago, the bear ripped through a screen and got his head and shoulders inside but Kara’s dad says he was able to scare him off using his flashlight.

Cole Jackson doesn’t think the bear is trying to trespass. He sees it the other way around. “This is their neighborhood and we’re just visitors.”

Comments (16)
  1. swhitS says:

    Couldn’t have said it better!

  2. Robear says:

    I’d still get a gun… just in case

  3. LuvLeeRita says:


  4. Wynne says:

    Robear, stop trolling.

    Good on this young lady! However, if this bear, which doesn’t look that old in the photo, has returned to this house for a third visit, the family and all their neighbors need to remove whatever attractant is luring it back. Pet food outside or in open garages, trash left outside, bird feeders, fruit trees with fallen fruit on the ground, or possibly in this case, food or trash left out in the kitchen, are what’s bringing it back.

    The good news is, black bears are easily intimidated UNLESS they become habituated to finding food around humans, and then they’ll become a nuisance. And that’s when both people and especially the bears suffer the consequences.


      Wynne don’t talk to the ro-bear or he will come to your house in search of food! LOL

  5. larry says:

    So now we are aliens. Dumb we are here to occupy not fear and surrender.

  6. larry says:

    What if it was a snake? Bet they wouldn’t let it stay in a tree for 2 hours either.

  7. terranovas says:

    I agree with Mr. Jackson’s statement but it wouldn’t hurt anybody to be prepared all the time.

  8. Kara Jackson says:

    I sure am

  9. woodNfish says:

    “This is their neighborhood and we’re just visitors.”

    This guy is a complete moron. He should be buying a shotgun and teaching his children how to use it. Typical California loon.

  10. camm says:

    The father should be charged for child neglect for not protecting his kids. Any bear that returns to a house is not scared of humans and thinks of them as food. Kill the bear before it kills someone.

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