Bear Prowls Glendora Neighborhood Overnight

Original source: https://patch.com/california/glendora/video-bear-prowls-glendora-neighborhood-overnight

By Ashley Ludwig, Patch Staff
Dec 20, 2019

GLENDORA, CA — A bear was caught on camera, strolling along a brightly lit Glendora street overnight, Thursday. The animal was spotted just before 10 p.m. on Hicrest Road, wandering in front of a home decked out in festive Christmas lights.

In this video as it appears on the Neighbors app, the creature walks slowly across the street to the corner of a building. Though it disappears for a moment, the bear then comes back into view and goes on its way, doing bear things.

Though bear sightings are not rare in Glendora, it is a gut-check reminder that small animals should remain indoors at night!

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife have some general guidelines for bear encounters, with suggestions for what do to if you find a bear inside your home, or encounter one out on the streets and trails:

If a bear breaks into your home, do not confront the bear. Most bears will quickly look for an escape route. Move away to a safe place. Do not block exit points. If the bear does not leave, get to a safe place and call 911.

If you encounter a bear in your yard, chances are it will move on if there is nothing for the bear to forage.

If there is enough distance between you and the bear, you can encourage the bear to leave by using noisemakers or blowing a whistle.

If you encounter a bear while hiking and it does not see you. Back away slowly, increase your distance. Clap hands or make noise so the bear knows you are there and will move on.

If you encounter a bear on the trail and it sees you. Do not make eye contact. Slowly back away. Do NOT run. Let the bear know you are not a threat. Give it a way out.

If a bear approaches you, make yourself look bigger by lifting and waving arms. Use noisemakers, or yell at the bear. If small children are present, keep them close to you.

Carry and know how to use bear spray as a deterrent. In the event of a black bear attack, it is usually recommended to fight back. However, each situation is different. Prevention is the key.

Black bear attacks are rare in California and typically are defensive in nature because the bear is surprised or defending cubs; however, bears accustomed to people may become too bold and act aggressively.
Female black bears will often send cubs up a tree and leave the area in response to a perceived threat. Do not remain in the area – when you leave, she will come back for her cubs.

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Posted by out_west_jess out_west_jess, January 29, 2020 20:52

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