Authorities plan to let peaceful bear find its own way home

9:33 PM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
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ROSEVILLE, CA - Some Roseville homeowners had quite the scare Sunday morning when a bear paid visits to several backyards in a quiet subdivision.

Police responded to the first sighting around 7:30 am at a home near Maidu Park, but they soon began hearing from more neighbors as the bear made its way through the community.

After a brief appearance at a home near the intersection of Lund Avenue and Old Auburn Road, the bear disappeared until Satoko Williams saw the animal outside her back window a few blocks north on Hidden View Lane.

"Something, brown stuff was crawling. I said, 'what?' The next minute I know, that was bear," Williams said.

Her husband got a closer look and quickly called 911.

"I couldn't believe it. I really couldn't  ...  a bear? No, we don't get bears around here," Chuck Williams said.

As police responded, neighbors began getting increasingly concerned.

"They (police) came through the house, and then they headed out toward the back. He cocked his tranquilizer gun, and the other officer pulled his weapon out," said Bill Stanley, who lives on Ridgeview Drive.

Stanley and others watched in disbelief from inside their homes as officers made their approach.

"Bear in our backyard? You got to be kidding. I've lived here for 28 years. I've never had anything like this before," Stanley said.

"So far, it's been very complicated. The bear is very quick, and he can go over these fences quite rapidly," Roseville Police Officer Aaron Splawn said.

Authorities suggested the bear may have wandered along a nearby creek far from its own home. They were hoping it would return the same way.

However, another sighting was reported at approximately 10 p.m. in the area of E. Colonia Parkway and Spring Valley Drive.

Responding officers did not locate the bear.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife officials were dispatched to look for the bear on Monday. 


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