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LASD - San Dimas Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Wednesday December 14th, 2016 :: 12:35 p.m. PST


Man shoots at bear that attacked his family - unincorporated area north of La Verne

Deputies from San Dimas Station and personnel from the Department of Fish and Wildlife are canvassing a mountainous area of La Verne to warn residents of a wounded bear, near Live Oak Canyon, north of Baseline Road.

An off-duty LASD deputy and his children encountered an aggressive bear on Tuesday night, December 13, 2016 at around 6:15 p.m. While arriving at a residence in the mountainous area north of La Verne, the deputy and his three young children exited their vehicle and walked up the driveway.  Upon rounding a corner of the residence, they were immediately confronted by three bears near the trash bins. As the deputy tried to get the three young children to safety, one of the bears became aggressive and began to charge at them.

Fearing for his life, and the lives of his children, the deputy fired several rounds from a handgun toward the bear. All three bears fled into nearby brush and out of view. It appeared that the aggressive bear was injured, but the bears could not be located by Department of Fish and Game personnel who responded to the scene.  The family was not injured. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind residents that wildlife sightings are frequent in some neighborhoods, particularly those close to foothill areas.  Wild animals often become urbanized, lured to residential areas by pet food, trash, and water.  They sometimes prey on household pets.

There are several resources for information on safeguarding your pets and homes from wildlife.  The Humane Society provides valuable information and tips regarding wildlife, as well as wildlife hazing guidelines to change wildlife behavior.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife provides other tips for the humane treatment of wildlife with the intent to “Keep Me Wild,” and a helpful publication, the “Homeowner’s & Renter’s Guide to Living in Bear Country.”

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control offers some assistance and reporting guidelines for wildlife seen in your neighborhood. For general sightings such as wildlife running down your street, you can contact the Department of Agriculture at 626-575-5462.

For a wildlife in your yard, interfering with the public's safety, or harming a neighborhood pet, there are several resources.  In the city of San Dimas, please call the Inland Valley Humane Society at 909-625-9777; residents of unincorporated communities may call the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control at (626)962-3577.  You should also call your local police or Sheriff’s Department station.  San Dimas Station may be reached at (909)450-2700, or by dialing 9-1-1 for emergencies.  Residents are urged to call upon these resources, especially if they encounter an aggressive or wounded animal.

San Dimas Sheriff’s Station is one of six stations within the East Patrol Division of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The Station’s jurisdiction encompasses approximately 276 square miles. In addition to serving the City of San Dimas, the station serves unincorporated communities of Azusa, Covina, Glendora, La Verne, Claremont, Pomona, the Los Angeles County portion of Mt. Baldy, a large portion of the Angeles National Forest (State Route 39), and portions of Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2). The population for these areas is approximately one hundred and five thousand (105,000), nearly sixty sixty-nine thousand (69,000) in the unincorporated areas and more than thirty-six thousand (36,000) in the City of San Dimas.
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