MONROVIA ( — A Monrovia man said his 10-pound dog survived a bout with a bear earlier this week.

The incident happened Monday at Brian Ulm’s residence in the 200 block of Mauna Loa Drive and W. Foothill Boulevard.

Ulm said he went out to his backyard patio when his mutt, Cody, started to bark.

“When I looked up, I realized there was a bear about 20 feet up in my oak tree. He actually was there for about five minutes scratching himself between the branches,” he said.

Ulm believes Cody was injured when it chased the large bear into the tree—and said his dog has the scars to prove it.

“He’s one of those dogs that’s not scared of anything,” he said.

Ulm told KCAL9’s Rachel Kim that he recorded the bear’s descent from the tree on his cellphone.

“He then sniffed around (the backyard),” said Ulm.

The bear left through the home’s side gate several minutes later.

“I think the mighty Cody scared him off,” said Ulm. “I’m guessing (the bear) is going to go to a house with less guard duty in the back.”

Ulm said he and his neighbors will be more vigilant before they allow their animals and kids to go outdoors.


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