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July 9, 2012: This bear stayed in a tree in Bradbury for nearly two hours while animal control officers, neighbors and reports watched.
Two San Gabriel Valley neighborhoods were visited by bears Monday when an adult and its cubs entered a home in Duarte and another staked out a tree in Bradbury for hours.
As many as three bears, including two cubs, paid a visit to a vacant Duarte home in the 200 block of Greenbank Avenue shortly after 1 p.m.
A short time later, another bear was spotted in a cul de sac near Mt. Olive Drive and Mt. Olive Lane in Bradbury.
Officials say that bear sat in a tree for nearly two hours after wardens with the Department of Fish and Game made loud noises to chase it out of a backyard.
It climbed over a fence, ran across several front yards, then up this tree, where it looked down at residents, reporters, and sheriff’s deputies who spent several hours looking back up at it.
Eventually, the bear climbed down and wandered off on its own accord.
Neighbors say the attention and noise from helicopters and reporters swarming their Bradbury neighborhood were “a little bit overdone.”
“They come down here and nose around and go back again,” said resident Wendell Hanson.
Fish and Game officials say the bears were likely coming into the neighborhood from nearby foothills because of the rising temperatures. In Duarte Monday, the mercury passed the century mark.
At around 1 p.m., Duarte resident Steve Poazzk opened his door to find what appeared to be a young black bear roaming his front yard.
“Well, you get kind of scared when you see a bear but we’re getting kind of used to them around here,” said Steve Poazzk, Duarte resident.
Poazzk’s dog chased the bear into a tree, where it stayed until Animal Control officers helped it down and sent it on its way.
“He’s not no threat to me; he just messes up the neighborhood on garbage nights,” Poazzk said.
Officials are warning residents to keep their garbage contained and stay vigilant as the weather warms.