PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — One Pasadena family has had some uninvited visitors roaming around their backyard lately — a mother bear and her cub.
“I was really scared. I was right there on the steps and I came face-to-face with it,” said 7-year-old Tessa Mavridis.
Her parents shot video of the bear cub right outside her bedroom window.
“My kids sleep right there and they’ve been a little bit scared and I’ve had to watch over them,” said Peter Mavridis.
He says that, for the past week and a half, a mother bear and her cub have been living in a tree behind their home in the 1900 block of Sierra Villa Madre Ave.
“You know in the past, they’d come by every now and then, but they seem to have made camp back here where this tree is,” Peter explained.
He said he has called animal control and Pasadena police.
Peter admits bear sightings “sort of go with the territory living up here,” but it’s a bit concerning for him with three kids, ages 4, 7 and 9.
“They left a little while ago and walked out that way,” he said of the bears. “Apparently there’s an avocado grove they eat out of… But they’ll be back.”
Meantime, in nearby Glendale, residents say a black bear has made multiple visits to the Chevy Chase Canyon neighborhood over the past six months.
It’s the same area frequented by “Meatball” the bear last year. Meatball was eventually trapped and relocated to an animal sanctuary in San Diego.
The bear is described as about three to four feet tall and 200 pounds. Its gender has not been verified.
There have been at least three sightings of the bear in the last week.
Residents say the animal has knocked down hummingbird feeders and, in one case, it even destroyed a man’s backyard beehives.
Wildlife experts say that bears usually leave their hide-outs around spring and begin foraging for food.
They are creatures of habit, so they will return to the same areas. Authorities say that residents should make sure that their trash cans are secured.