‘Elderly’ black bear wanders through a California neighborhood for hours, sniffs for food and takes a nap before being tranquilized, removed
- A giant black bear wandered through a Los Angeles suburb on Friday
- It showed up to Monravia about 2:30am and drew attention from news crews
- The bear made its way to the front gates of homes and was unfazed by residents
- People leaving for work snapped photos on their phones of the bear
- The animal also ripped into garbage cans before it was tranquilized
An ‘elderly’ black bear wandered through a Los Angeles suburb for hours on Friday, getting close to residents as they left for work and filmed by news crews that dared getting a close shot of the animal before it was tranquilized.
The bear showed up to Monravia, less than 25 miles outside LA about 2:30am.
The animal almost immediately drew attention from news crews that rushed to the 300 block of North Mayflower Avenue.
By sunrise, residents like Douglas Dennis emerged from their homes to find the bear going from home to home. Dennis said hungry bears often show up to the neighborhood in search of a tasty snack.
A black bear showed up to Monravia, California, less than 25 miles outside LA about 2:30am. Video footage captured by news crews show the bear just after it arrived in the neighborhood
An image of a trash can torn open by the bear as it searched for food wandering through Monravia, California, on Friday
Resident Douglas Dennis (pictured) spoke to a reporter just feet away from a black bear (red circle) wandering through Monravia, California, on Friday
Dennis says hungry bears often show up to the neighborhood in search of a tasty snack
‘He seems alright,’ said Dennis of the bear as it approached nearby. ‘He’s just trying to get something to eat’.
Fish and Wildlife spokesman Tim Daly told Time that the bear was about 400 pounds, female and ‘would be described as elderly’.
The bear, unfazed by its human spectators, got close to several news vans as it made its way down the street, tearing open trash cans.
The black bear that wandered into Monravia, California, was seen in video footage going from home to home for hours
The bear appeared unfazed by its human spectators, or several news crews that were filming it as it took its stroll through the neighborhood
‘I’m just getting in the news vehicle,’ said one female reporter as she backed away from the approaching bear and got inside a van.
‘Trash cans come out on Friday, and they come out to eat,’ Dennis told another reporter while they watched the animal.
Finally, after hours of roaming from house to house, the bear decided to take a nap.
It was sleeping peacefully until helicopters and lawnmowers woke it up, Aiden Dennis, 16, told KTLA.
That’s when Fish and Game officials tranquilized the bear and carried it out of the yard.
Video shows it took about six men working together to carry the bear.