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Charging Black Bear Wounded by Off-Duty Deputy Sheriff in La Verne Area Driveway

Photo of a bear spotted in the neighborhood - Nathan Keeler

Fearing for the safety of his family, an off-duty deputy sheriff shoots and wounds an aggressive black bear in his own driveway.

Returning to their home in the Live Oak Canyon area, in the San Gabriel foothills above La Verne, an off-duty deputy sheriff and his family had exited their vehicle and were rounding a corner in the home when a trio of black bears were spotted near garbage cans. One of the bears then charged the man and his young children.

The encounter happened on December 13 at about 6:15 p.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“Fearing for his life, and the lives of his children, the deputy fired several rounds from a handgun toward the bear,” the release stated.


The bear was wounded and fled into the bush with the others. As of press time, the bear had not been found, even though California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel were immediately on the scene.

Bears are not new to the area and regular sightings are not out of the ordinary. Aggressive behavior, however, is.

Residents are being asked to call 911 if the bear is found and were warned not to approach it.

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Charging Black Bear Wounded by Off-Duty Deputy Sheriff in La Verne Area Driveway