Residents of the Southern California community of Monrovia have been on high alert for the past two days, as a large black bear has been spotted multiple times strolling down sidewalks and even visiting a local elementary school, CBSLA reports.
The bear was first spotted near the Mayflower Elementary School on Thursday morning, KTLA reports, but has since garnered quite a following of news outlets and even casual viewers trying to get footage of the bear’s seemingly relaxed Monrovia romp.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE BEAR: A large bear was spotted roaming the streets of Monrovia, California, seemingly taking in the sights, enjoying the amenities of residents' backyards, and not minding all the attention at all. https://t.co/E6KoREtsXn pic.twitter.com/Eo5PdTHDee— ABC News (@ABC) February 21, 2020
While many find the bear footage exciting, others are concerned for the safety of those filming, as well as the safety of the animal itself.
There is a bear roaming the streets of Monrovia rn, but watching these camera guys is making me sweat pic.twitter.com/7mnvBo3PMm— Ulices Del Toro (@deltorophoto) February 21, 2020
This guy & the others are the reason #bears get put down. They need to fear humans or they’ll keep coming back you big dummies. Glad no attack; would’ve been put down.#Bear on the loose in #Monrovia is just doing bear stuff. @YosemiteNPS @CAStateParks https://t.co/fqPiVf7Vzd— TonyG_FinsUp (@socalpunks) February 21, 2020
But many Monrovia locals, such as Doug Dennis, say neighborhood bears are common and nothing to worry about. Dennis told CBS he’s seen bears in the suburb many times before, in his yards and even once in a neighbor’s pool.
Officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife came to the scene initially to scare the bear back into the nearby mountains, but were unsuccessful, Fox News reports.
The bear wandered into a resident’s backyard to take a nap Friday morning, according to KNX, but — with the aid of a few tranquilizer darts — the California Department of Fish and Wildlife told KNX they are currently transporting the animal back to his natural habitat.