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Bears Sighting Results in Student Escorts off School Campus

A Patch reader sent in the following photos of bears in the foothill neighborhood near the intersection of E. Loma Alta Drive and Glenallen Lane. Students from nearby Aveson Charter School were walked off school premises as a precaution.

A bear sighting in a foothill neigborhood above East Loma Alta Drive resulted children being escorted off the campus of Aveson Charter School on Thursday afternoon.

The bear, pictured above poking through a trash can, was originally reported in a backyard on Skyview Drive, and residents and deputies all got a look, according to a release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Nearby Aveson Charter School had its students escorted by Sheriff's Department off the premises at the end of the school day with parents standing by to pick them up.

According to resident Michael Opdahl who sent in the above photos, police, the Department of Fish and Game and news helicopters were on the scene, Thursday afternoon. 

Later in the afternoon the department announced they believed the bear had retreated into the mountains and was no longer in the neighborhood.

Alexis Bante September 06, 2012 at 11:09 PM
We had what we think is a bear paw print on out back step. No trash was outside only a fly trap which stinks to high heaven!
Nico September 06, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Hey-don't call the media, don't call fish and game. Just keep your trash clean and in bear proof containers that are available from Athens.
Karen TenEyck September 06, 2012 at 11:49 PM
The choppers are really obnoxious. I agree, keep the media away.
Mike Opdahl September 07, 2012 at 12:48 AM
The problem isn't the trash---its a rotting deer carcass that Animal Control hasn't picked up despite us calling them all week. The smell is awful & Mr. Bear did not help matters by having a snack.
Hugo September 07, 2012 at 12:51 AM
That's our Animal Control
Adam September 07, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I think the bear was just confirming his suspicions that there were recyclables in that trash barrel.
margaret bridwell September 07, 2012 at 03:07 PM
We were woken up last week with a small bear trying to get into out birdseed bin--could have been this guy. We opened the door and yelled and he went on his way. Part of living in the urban interface.
Aisha Cohen September 07, 2012 at 06:34 PM
That's what I was thinking. The bear has pointed out that this homeowner doesn't know how to recycle properly...

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