A TV helicopter crew captured the incident. While the man is engrossed with texting on his phone, he walked unknowingly towards a giant black bear wandering around in the neighborhood. But just before he literally runs into the bear, he looks up and flees.
The Californian news station KTLA
had a chopper in the air filming the bear as it wandered La Crescenta in California. According to Ninemsn
, the man later said he was texting his boss with an excuse why he would be late for work. He said: "I was texting my boss that I would be late for work because something is going on and I'm coming down the stairs and I see the bear coming up the stairs towards me. I turned back and I ran for my life."
reports that Los Angeles County Sherrif's office and the Glendale Police Department had issued a lookout warning to residents of La Crescenta after they received a call saying a bear was sighted at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday in the 2800 block of Manhattan Avenue.
The bear was finally tracked to a back garden on Tuesday morning. According to sheriff's Sgt. Slater, "We did locate about a 500, 600-pound bear in this immediate area. He's been wandering through the residential area for the last several hours." Slater said: "Department of Fish and Game is en route. They have ultimate responsibility over it. Our role right now is if the bear is docile and just hunkering down, we'll let him continue that until Fish and Game gets here."
reports police have long been tracking the bear believed to have broken into a house and helped itself to frozen meatballs in a refrigerator last month.