SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KTLA) — Things got wild across Southern California on Monday, as bears and a mountain lion came face to face with quiet neighborhoods.
Dozens in a fenced off Santa Clarita apartment complex woke up to see the brown fur, large claws, and sharp teeth of very curious — and very lost — bear.
Walking around an often-busy playground, the animal set off a flurry of 911 calls.
Residents said the black bear was large.
“I think about 6 foot, 200 pounds. Pretty big, nothing I would want to mess with,” Anthony Simms said, after seeing it trot around.
Just hours earlier in Monrovia, a pair of bears were found tearing through alleyways and community streets.
The Monrovia bears were eventually spooked back up into the wooded hills.
However, when dogs spooked a 120-pound mountain lion in Lancaster, it had nowhere to go except up into a tree.
Police and the Department of Fish and Wildlife arrived to tranquillize the feisty cat.
Officials said they relocated the mountain lion. They also managed to capture and relocate the Santa Clarita bear as well.
“I went inside my home and said, ‘I think I almost had a heart attack’,” Santa Clarita resident Jennifer Tiujillo said.
She saw officers running around with their guns drawn as they captured the bear.
The dangerous beasts might be all be gone, but these communities will be telling stories of them for years.
Elementary school student Kobi Virralba was still trying to convince his friends of what he saw.
“I was like, ‘I saw a bear at our bus stop.’ They said no way. I said, ‘I’m serious.’ They were like, ‘OK, sure.’ I was like, ‘Alright, don’t believe it,’” Virralba said.
Officials said the bears and mountain lion likely came from the hills and higher elevations searching for food and cooler temperatures.