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Mama bear, two cubs perched in Altadena-area tree

May 3, 2012 | 12:49 pm

Mother bear and her cubsGoldilocks was nowhere to be found Thursday morning in a neighborhood where Altadena meets northeast Pasadena — but Mama Bear and two cubs were.

A man living on Edgecliff Lane in the Kinneloa Mesa neighborhood walked outside to get his newspaper about 8 a.m. Thursday morning when he "nearly ran into a mama bear and two cubs standing in his driveway," Altadena Patch reported.

PHOTOS: Mother bear and cubs up a tree in Altadena

Later in the morning, the trio climbed up a tree and settled down for a nap, Sgt. Debra Herman of the Altadena sheriff's station told The Times.

The Department of Fish and Game was notified and a warden is on scene, said spokesman Andrew Hughan. Officials are only monitoring the bears and do not plan to tranquilize them.

"As far as we know they haven't done anything wrong except be in the wrong place at the wrong time," Hughan said.

Herman said deputies on scene are keeping onlookers away to avoid spooking the bears.

"Because Mom's got two small bears with her, we just want to make sure everything goes OK," Herman said. "We don't want to get between mom and her babies."

The "best-case" scenario, Hughan said, is if "mom talks the cubs into coming down and they run off into the forest."

Until then, officials said, all they can do is keep an eye on the tree-napping trio.

"They are very cute," Herman said.

The bears are the latest ursines to make an appearance in a suburban neighborhood on the edge of the Angeles National Forest. One bear spotted multiple times in Glendale and La Crescenta became a local celebrity because of his penchant for eating meatballs, tuna and oranges. He was tranquilized and taken back to the forest last month.



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Photo: A mother bear and her two cubs settle into a tree above a home on Edgecliff Lane in Altadena. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times