PASADENA (CBSLA.com) A bear and her cub hiding out in the backyard of a Pasadena home Thursday are on the run after one of them got trapped in a trash bin.
The two California black bears, who are now hanging out at a home in the 600 block of Rim Road, were seen from Chopper 2 earlier Thursday morning trying to figure out how to rescue the cub, who had become trapped in a commercial trash bin.
The mother bear eventually climbed in to rescue her baby, with the help of a ladder from firefighters.
The trash bin was in the 600 block of North Rosemead Boulevard, a property that also houses the office of Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena.
“I was shocked, but not surprised that bears were combing through the trash,” Holden said in a statement. Coincidentally, Holden’s office is planning a bear safety event in Monrovia next week.
The bears then ended up in Rolando Iglesias’ backyard, where the mother bear took a drink from the pool.
“This is the first time we’ve ever seen it. Lived her for 30 years,” Iglesias said.
After the quick drink, the bears made their way next door to the home of Candy and Hugh Taylor Ph.D, a retired Cal Tech professor who taught geology.
“I spent a lot of time in southeast Alaska a long time ago,” Taylor said. “I’ve had a lot of run-ins with bears. It’s not something you fool around with.”
The Taylors discovered the bears in their yard after returning home from shopping.
“We’ve never had bears here,” Candy Taylor said. “We’ve had every kind of critter, but never bears.”
The police department and the Department of Fish and Wildlife have chosen to leave the animals alone because they haven’t posed a threat.