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Video: Monrovia Sisters Discuss 'Larry the Bear' Encounter

The two Monrovia teens who captured a bear's romp in their swimming pool spoke with KTLA news about the nerve-wracking experience.

Two local teens who shot video of a talked to KTLA about the encounter in the above video.

Dan Crandell May 29, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Here in Monrovia we no longer call those "911" people for bear sightings or even close encounters. A few years ago for every one sighting there was ten 911 calls and we were considered reactionary weakling cry babies. And we were told to make that call so that animal control turned on us for following their instructions. Larry won't bother or turn on anybody so long as he's not bothered while taking a cool swim in beautiful pond such as this one,
Ellen Zunino May 30, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I miss the list of police responses that used to be published. The weekly listing by date, day, time, block # and street was one way to keep track of where the bears were active. The summary of criminal activity that's published now is exciting but not as useful for some of us as knowing where the bears were being seen.
Nathan McIntire (Editor) May 30, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Hi Ellen, did the police used to issue a summary of wildlife sightings? I've never seen one but would love to and would happily publish it.
Dan Crandell May 30, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Nathan, I believe the only call summary kept were our non-emergency 911 calls. I don;t think the PD ever informed Animal Control on the bear call count. I have some beautiful pictures of that big red momma bear and her two red babies that were taken earlier this year in front of my house. Pure Magic is a calm momma bear and her babies. We give them their space because we respect their right to be alive.
Nathan McIntire (Editor) May 30, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Would love to see them Dan, you can upload them to this story by clicking the "Upload Photos and Video" button beneath the bear pic.
Nicole Charky May 30, 2012 at 03:13 PM
First Montrose, now Monrovia!
R Terry May 30, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I have always wondered what the bear's swim does to the water quality of the pool. I live on May Ave. and while I was out of town three weeks ago, apparently a bear walked down the street and at least went into the yard of my next door neighbor in the middle of the block between Greystone and Foothill. The police shot at it with a bean bag gun I'm told. Seems the bear went as far as the parking lot of the Certified Market...and I missed all of it.
Dan Crandell May 31, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I'LL forward the pictures to you Nathan.
Dan Crandell May 31, 2012 at 07:11 PM
In the 1990's movie "Harry and the Henderson" a family adopts a Sasquatch and name him Harry. The beast smelt so bad that the Henderson's bathed him in the neighbor's swimming pool. The pool man pulled wands of hair out of the pool. I have heard this hairball story several times from people who have had bears in their cement pond's. One raining night my dogs were carrying barking at the block wall. I went out the door and was nearly overcome by the stench of mold, pea & poop and wet fir, I looked over the wall and there stood the biggest "Red" bear I have ever seen in Monrovia. He stood in the rain eating avocado's and smelling up the neighborhood. I can tell you this ... NEVER GET A BEAR WET
Dan Crandell June 02, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Nathan the bear pictures are on your computer. I was mistaken on when they were taken. We believe it was late last summer. The date on the camera is not correct. My wife took them from our front porch. She was so excited she neglected to use the zoom but you can fix that . They were sent to you in order showing Momma relaxing and finally walking two house's down the street to get her babies. At that point my wife saw the cubs. Momma brought them back up the street . This is the 400 block of Patterson Drive. Hope these are of use to the patch. Thanks for your good work here in town. I've come to depend on the Monrovia Patch for local info.

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