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Bear leads police on chase through Glendora backyards

October 19, 2012 | 10:36 pm

Hours after a woman was attacked by a bear Friday morning in Ojai, another ursine marauder was discovered about 5:30 p.m. in the foothill community of Glendora.

When police arrived in the 300 block of East Sierra Madre Avenue, they found a black bear in a resident's backyard. After chasing the intruder through adjacent backyards, the officers decided to leave it alone. They didn’t want to risk pushing it into a more crowded part of the city, according to Watch Cmdr. James De Mond of the Glendora Police Department.

“Residents on the street are familiar with this bear and didn’t have a problem with it being there. Hopefully he will return to the foothills,” De Mond said.

Game wardens from the California Department of Fish and Game were also called, but ended up not having to respond.

“We appreciate when local law enforcement takes the initiative like this,” said department spokesman Andrew Hughan. Typically police are able to chase away the animals with loud noises, pellet guns or the squawkers on the patrol cars.

Hughan expects there to be more bear sighting in the next few weeks. As the weather starts to get colder, bears are out foraging as they get ready to hibernate, he said. They need as many calories as they can get. 


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