Bears Invade Foothill Neighborhoods in SoCal

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DUARTE, Calif. (KTLA) — Authorities on Thursday were warning residents in foothill areas to be vigilant following a recent rash of bear sightings.

A bear went in search of food in Arcadia on Tuesday.

A woman in Duarte got a scare on Wednesday when she came face to face with a black bear sitting on the kitchen counter of her home on Crestview Court.

The animal was snacking on some cookies and sweet bread.

The homeowner called 911 in a panic.

When officials arrived, they were able to safely get the bear to run out of the house and back up into the hills.

Earlier in the day, Sky5 was overhead when a curious bear romped through the streets of Sun Valley and Shadow Hills.

There were a number of close encounters with dogs and horses. Finally, the bear was tranquilized and taken back to the Angeles National Forest.

And on Tuesday evening, a hungry bear rummaged through garbage cans in a neighborhood in Arcadia, dragging away an entire trash bag.

The bear sightings in foothill neighborhoods are nothing new, according to wildlife experts.

Part of the uptick in sightings might be a result of more people having cell phones and other devices at the ready to record, they said.

Residents were urged to take precautions including locking garbage cans and not putting them out until pick-up day. Pet food should also be kept indoors.

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