This is the moment police in California drive a bear out of a home after it wandered in, ate a freshly baked cake and raided the family’s fridge.
The terrified homeowners had locked themselves in an upstairs bedroom, according to the police.
The footage shows at least two Simi Valley Police Department (SVPD) officers in the city of Simi Valley, in Ventura County, California, in the USA entering the home on Sunday, 4th September, after receiving calls from concerned residents who had spotted the furry intruder.
One officer can be heard saying: “Hey bear! Get out of here! Get out of here, bear!”
The bear can then be seen hopping the fence and disappearing into foliage as the cops watch on from the safety of the home.
Newsflash obtained a statement from the SVPD on Tuesday, 6th September, which said: “On Saturday, September 3, 2022, at approximately 6 pm, the Simi Valley Police Department received two calls from residents of a bear sighting.
“The bear was sighted in the back yards of residences in the 5700 block of Cherokee Cir. One of the residents reported the bear was rummaging through their trash and swimming in the pool. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was contacted.”
The SVPD said that they responded to a call the following day from a resident saying the bear was in her house and that she and her son, who have not been named, had locked themselves in an upstairs bedroom. The cops said: “On Sunday, September 4, 2022, at approximately 10 am, the Simi Valley Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 2600 block of Blossom St. The resident reported a bear was in her house and that she and her son were locked in the bedrooms upstairs.
“The bear entered her residence through an open kitchen door. Upon arrival at the residence, the officers obtained the keys from the homeowner through the second-story window. The officers unlocked the front door and entered the residence armed with a less lethal launcher. The launcher deploys a large rubber projectile and was intended to be used on the bear to scare it out of the residence.”
The cops said that they successfully managed to scare the bear off. They said: “As the officers entered the residence, they observed the bear in the kitchen. It appeared the bear ate a freshly baked cake and rummaged through the refrigerator. The bear was scared off by the officers’ presence and ran out the door and into the backyard. The bear then left the backyard and climbed a tree. After 10 minutes, the bear climbed down and retreated back into the hills. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was notified about the bear in the area.
“The Simi Valley Police Department would like to remind residents of the following to prevent possible bear encounters and if there is a bear in your backyard.”
They added that locals should “secure trash cans and remove any attractants such as pet food and bird feeders, enclose your compost pile, keep your grill clean and free of drippings as possible, check your yard before letting out your dog, stay calm and do not approach the bear”, and “from a safe distance, make loud noises, shout, or bang pots and pans to scare the bear away.”