Bear Protecting Her Cub Attacks Man In Sierra Madre (L.A. County) Backyard: Video

A man is recovering Tuesday after he and his dog had a frightening run-in with a mamma bear and her cub in a Sierra Madre backyard.

Wildlife officials tranquilized both bears, and the man suffered minor injuries after intervening in a scuffle between the bear cub and his little dog. The incident happened in the 500 block of Hermosa Avenue at about 2 p.m. Monday, according to Sierra Madres police. According to ABC7, a 51-year-old man saw his dog go after the cub, and he attempted to intervene, but the mamma bear had the same idea. In an effort to save his dog, the homeowner kicked the bear, which then scratched the man and bit him in the back of his right knee, ABC reported.


The man and his dog are expected to make full recoveries. After he called 9-1-1, authorities arrived and tranquilized both bears and were deciding what to do with them.


Residents in the San Gabriel foothill communities are accustomed to bear sightings. However, attacks are quite rare as the black bears that populate the local mountains tend to run from humans.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   AP
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