Bear Seeking Sausages Pokes Nose into Altadena Window

An Altadena resident in the Chaney Trail area has the following account about a bear visit on Monday night.

Susan Dimotakis, an Altadena foothill resident off of Alzada Road, sent the following account of a bear visit that took place Monday to Altadena Patch (Dimotakis also wrote about it on a local email group listserv):

We've lived here since 1979 and had many bear 'visitors' but never an attempt to get in the house. 

I cooked some sausages on the stove and they had a strong smell.   I was standing at the kitchen sink and the bear appeared silently and was looking at me through the window. 

I turned lights on in the courtyard and it sauntered around to other windows, looking in.  

I had two windows open in the back of the house and heard a screen tearing.  Went back with my husband and clapped our hands--the bear backed off a bit and we closed both windows.  He continued standing there and looking through the window for a bit.

Lt. Joe Dempsey of the Altadena Sheriff's Station noted that deputies did respond to the scene of the attempted sausage theft.

He said that while the department has heard of a string of recent bear incidents in Sierra Madre, as far as he knows the department has not had a lot of calls about bears in Altadena.

He urged residents in the Chaney Trail area to be on guard for the bear in the coming days in case it returns to the area.


Leslie Aitken October 11, 2011 at 07:50 PM
Come on, if you were a bear and smelled sausages, wouldn't you tear through a screen to get at them?! Perhaps it was a bear with a gourmet palette!
Dan Abendschein (Editor) October 11, 2011 at 08:18 PM
I'm not a bear, and I might tear through a screen to get sausages!
Angela Odom October 11, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Snausages!! Oh yeah, I'd tear a hole in a screen big enough for a sausage to pass through.
Laura Monteros October 12, 2011 at 03:35 AM
You know, our friends at the Sheriff's Station keep reminding us to close our windows to keep the burglars out! I hope the big guy found something else good to eat.
Martina October 12, 2011 at 04:11 PM
I agree, I would go for the sausages if I were hungry bear. Good that Mr bear backed off and responded to the clapping.
Robby October 12, 2011 at 05:27 PM
You know, we can never just say "sausages" any more - it's always "snausages". And also "IT'S BACON!!!!" hee hee. Residents should be careful of leaving their BBQs unattended as well!
Biff Baff November 09, 2011 at 08:16 PM
There is nothing like the smell of Italian sausage grilled with onions & green peppers- . All they had over at JPL was Tang & baloney in a toothpaste tube. Bear coulda gone over to Jack's and ordered some jalepeno poppers at the drive thru.


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