Photos: Refrigerator Raiding Bear Identified

Here are pictures of the bear that broke into a hillside home Sunday and raided a refrigerator.

Here are photos of the bear who for pork chops and barbecue sauce on Sunday.

Resident Lara Larramendi shot these photos during a past incursion from the juvenile bear onto her property.

Ellen Zunino August 27, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Yep, a teenager. We had 2 of them in our yard 3 years ago. They are curiosity and bravado in furry coats. They wrestled on top of our firewood and toppled it. Their favorite game was knocking over a trashcan so one would get its nose under the lid and climb inside while the second one tried to get him out. They learned that the tops of the birdbaths were removable and would fall off if leaned on. They basically did what all teens do - pushed the boundaries while exploring the big, new world they found themselves in. Young bears are naive bears and offer good opportunities for us humans to teach them what behavior is appropriate before their bad behavior becomes a habit.
dan macias August 28, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I would say that the bahavior is already been learned. This bear was in my front yard last night (Monday) and it's probably the same bear that got into my house a few weeks back. I can't leave any windows open anymore. So, in a sense, they have become the teacher and we the students. We learn what we have to do to keep them out. The fact that it has been back is proof that it has learned which houses have provided meals in the past. The number of bear sightings and encounters in the past two years has increased by a factor of two or three.
Jon Pedder August 28, 2012 at 11:11 PM
By the looks of it, the same one came into my kitchen Saturday, while we were home! Took food off the kitchen counter. Juvenile probably 2 or 3 y/o
Gayle M. Montgomery August 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM
For the record, I continue to Pin on Pinterest images of bears that are offered here on the Patch. I've got a board dedicated strictly to bears, and there are other images there. But when the bear images are quasi real time and not stalk, comparisons can be made to see if it's the same culprit. Like I said, the board is dedicated to all bears, not just Monrovia areas, but if it helps, here it is. http://pinterest.com/indigo1123/bear-necessities-of-life/
Gayle M. Montgomery August 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I hate homonyms. Not stalk, but stock as in stock photos.
Kenneth Lowndes August 29, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Nice work Gayle.
Gayle M. Montgomery August 29, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I hope it helps, Kenneth. Thanks. If the Patch is able to get real pictures from folks of the actual bears (and most of us have smart phones with cameras or could have a camera nearby), and if the Patch continues to post them, as I catch them, I will pin them. If folks want to refer to it to see if they can find the culprits, kind of like a police lineup, even if they need to ask me to repost the link, we may be able to get a better idea about these bears. With Pinterest, you first see the thumbnail. If you click on it again, you get a larger image. Click once more, and as long as the article is still available online, it will take you to it. I'd be happy to repost this anytime folks need it if it will help.
R Terry August 31, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Get your pellet gun and pepper spray and start blasting. Otherwise this guy is going to be a regular customer at your kitchen.


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