Elderly Couple’s Close Encounter With Bear In Pasadena, California (Video)
An elderly Scottish couple visiting relatives in California had a close encounter with a bear as they were leaving their vacation home.
A surveillance camera captured footage that shows Bob and Irene McKeown locking up the home in Pasadena near Angeles National Forest without even realizing the bear was right next to them.
The animal followed them to their car where they finally saw it.
"I felt something brushing against my leg. Once I closed the [car] door, I turned around, I shout, 'It's a bear! It's a bear!'" said Bob McKeown to KTLA.
The video shows the brown cub slowly approaching the front door, only to stop as the couple steps out of the house.
The bear then follows them into the driveway, where Bob and Irene noticed they weren’t alone.
McKeown felt something on his leg after helping his wife into the car.
“I closed the door and I looked…. a bear!” McKeown said. “You don’t know how scared you are, you just see a bear. I’ve never encountered a bear.”
Bob then runs back to open the front door to go back into the house, while Irene was safe inside the vehicle.
“It comes around trash day,” Pasadena resident Marina Tucker told KABC. “It gets hungry, so it just comes out. But it's very friendly. It's not aggressive at all.”
Animal control officers and armed Pasadena officers were on the scene watching the bear as it wandered.
“He might be just knocking, looking around for some garbage cans, looking for something to eat and then once he couldn't find something, or he found something, he'll work his way back to an area where he feels safe, which is suitable habitat,” said J.C. Healy with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Residents should stay alert as the bear may still be roaming around the neighborhood, Pasadena police say. They will be back to patrol the streets and watch out for the bear.