A Southern California man suffered light injuries after he was bitten and scratched by a mama bear near his home on Monday.
The incident took place in the Los Angeles suburb of Sierra Madre.
According to police, the man’s small dog went after a bear cub that wandered into the backyard of their home on North Hermosa Avenue, KTLA-TV reported.
The mama bear then stepped in to protect her cub and attacked the dog.
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That’s when the dog’s owner, a man in his fifties, tried to protect his dog by kicking the mama bear.
The mama bear responded by slashing the man on his calves and biting the back of his right knee, according to police.
Police received a call at around 1:45pm. The report stated that a man had been bitten by a bear.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials arrived on the scene and tranquilized both the mama bear and the cub.
The man and the dog are expected to be OK.
The bear and her cub are expected to recover and will likely be released safely into the wild.
A news helicopter captured footage of the bear and the cub being loaded into the back of a truck.
Police said that the bear is known to wander in the foothills near and above Sierra Madre with her cub.
The home is located near the San Gabriel Mountain foothills, where bear sightings are not uncommon.
In late April, an 84-year-old homeless man was attacked by a large black bear in Sierra Madre.
The victim told police he was sleeping in a sleeping bag on a trail in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountain when the bear, estimated to weigh 200-300 lbs., attacked him.
The 84-year-old fled down a foothill to a nearby residential area, but the bear followed him.
The man eventually hid behind a fence until the animal walked away, police said.
Officials later found a black bear roaming in a nearby neighborhood, but couldn’t confirm if it was the same bear that attacked the old man.
California’s black bear population has steadily increased in recent years, growing to an estimated population of 35,000 bears living in the state in 2018, according to the San Diego Tribune.
The state has recorded 99 bear attack incidents in the wild statewide since 1986.