Bear Caught Trespassing in Suburban Kitchen


A Curious Bear Strolls into a Sierra Madre Kitchen, Captured in a Captivating Video

Bear caught on video inside Sierra Madre home

A recent video captured a heart-stopping moment in Sierra Madre when a black bear wandered into a resident’s kitchen in search of a late-night snack.

A Surprise Encounter in the Kitchen

Jason Wightman, the homeowner, was peacefully washing dishes when his evening took an unexpected turn. Suddenly, a curious black bear poked its head through his open kitchen door.

“My first instinct was to bolt out the front door,” Wightman recalled. “I guess we both got a good scare. So, he went out the back door, and I quickly grabbed my phone to capture the moment.”

A Standoff at the Refrigerator

Wightman cautiously approached the bear, which had started to make its way towards the refrigerator. The man’s voice can be heard on the video, firmly instructing the bear to leave as it cautiously backs away.

A Persistent Visitor

Despite Wightman’s efforts, the bear seemingly couldn’t resist the allure of the kitchen. It retreated outside through the back patio door but lingered outside, peeking its head back in as if it couldn’t quite let go of its dream of a midnight feast.

Taking Action: Sierra Madre Mobilizes

The incident sparked concern and prompted action within the Sierra Madre community. Residents voiced their concerns to the local board of supervisors, demanding increased safety measures to safeguard against future wildlife encounters.

Wildlife Officials: A Balancing Act

Wildlife officials acknowledged the rise in bear sightings in the spring and summer months, linked to habitat destruction caused by drought and wildfires in California. However, they emphasized that relocating bears is often ineffective, as they tend to return to their former territory.

Divergent Perspectives: Fear and Tolerance

Opinions within the community varied on how to address the issue. Some advocated for population control measures, while others embraced coexistence with the bruins.

“I’m not afraid to see bears around,” expressed Wightman. “If I don’t spot them, I’d be worried something’s amiss. Just like deer, I’ve grown fond of our furry neighbors.”

The local board unanimously approved a motion to increase wildlife management resources, bolstering specialized personnel in the region to handle future encounters effectively.