MONROVIA (  —   A family of three bears made a Monrovia man’s tree their personal den for hours.

Manuel Rodriguez  called KCAL9 to say the bears were up a tree in his backyard and making themselves quite at home.

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They left paw prints in his pool and camped out for hours, staying overnight. They napped (a lot) and engaged in a lot of bear play.

KCAL9’s Cristy Fajardo spoke to Ramirez about his furry interlopers who showed up for the first time about two weeks ago.

He was concerned about their visit but not for the obvious reason — personal safety.

Rodriguez said he sees bears all the time but he was concerned this particular family might be sick.

He said the trespassing trio liked his property enough to knock down a fence and claim this one particular tree as their own.

“Bears coming around is a pretty regular thing,” said Rodriguez.

With every passing day, he says the bears seem to get thinner and weaker and mom is starting to become aggressive. He said in 12 years of living in the area he’s never seen cubs so small.

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The fact the mother is having trouble feeding the cubs might also be making mom a little angry.

“She’s snarling  growling and her hump is up,” he said, “Again, a lot of it has to do with the cubs. But she looks like she’s not doing so well. She’s constantly defensive.”

Officials are hoping that the bears will head back to the wild on their own — frustrated by the fact that all the neighborhood trash cans are on lock-down.

Rodriguez would like wildlife officials to help the family and move them.

“Without help, they’re not going to make it,” he says.




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