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Bear and two cubs enjoy swim in backyard pool in Altadena

July 8, 2012 | 11:21 am

A mother bear and two cubs enjoyed a swim in the backyard pool of an Altadena home Saturday, the latest black bear sighting in the foothill community, a sheriff’s department official said.

A local man spotted the trio about 3:30 p.m. on his four-acre property in the 1400 block of Edgecliff Lane, on the edge of the Angeles National Forest, and called the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Cynthia Gonzalez said. But when help arrived, the bears were gone.

Foothill neighborhoods are especially likely to be visited by bears during dry summer and fall months, according to the sherriff’s department website. Black bears were introduced into the San Gabriel Mountains in 1933, the descendants of 11 “troublemakers” transported from Yosemite National Park.

In May, a mother bear and two cubs climbed a tree in an Altadena neighborhood to take a nap after digging through trash for food.

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