PASADENA, CA (WCMH/AP) — Three black bears treated a suburban California neighborhood like a resort, taking a dip in a backyard pool and helping themselves to a dumpster buffet.
The trio — two cubs and their mother — wandered out of the San Gabriel mountains and into the foothill city of Pasadena on Thursday afternoon.
The bears didn’t go unnoticed. Police started getting phones calls about the black bears shortly before noon, the Los Angeles Times reports. They first tried to get inside a home, apparently to take advantage of the air conditioning, but then they saw the swimming pool.
KTLA-TV’s chopper then caught the bears on camera swimming in the backyard pool for several minutes.
All of that swimming apparently made the cubs hungry, so they then went dumpster diving looking for a snack.
With their bellies now full, the bear family found a second neighborhood pool and dived back in. They were eventually chased off by a brave dog.
State Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan tells the Los Angeles Times the mother bear appeared to be about 300 pounds. He said the cubs looked healthy and were likely less than a year old.
“It’s not unusual at all to see bear activity,” Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, told the newspaper. “But it’s unusual to have them in the pool.”
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is now working with the Sheriff’s Department to track down the bears.