A mother bear takes up residence under a Californian house


MONROVIA, Calif. (KCAL/KCBS) — It’s not uncommon to call the exterminator about pests in your basement or crawl space, but imagine those pests are bears.

Jerry Shutman discovered a mother bear and her cub had taken up residence in the crawl space of his house.

He first noticed the pair in his yard early Monday morning.

“I looked out the window and checked the crawl space cover, and it had been dislodged,” Shutman said.

He said the bear and her cub have been in his crawl space before but still left soon after.

Recently, Shutman noticed that the mother bear was now dragging plants and clumps of grass towards the crawl space.

“I guess she’s going to have a baby, a cub, but I’m not sure,” he said.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said it was starting to see bears settling in crawl spaces more often.

Bears look for dens for the cold months ahead, and some choose a home instead of a natural den.

“I’m worried. They’re making a mess. They’re ripping the insulation underneath. I know it’s happened before, and I’m afraid they’re ripping out electrical wires,” Shutman said.

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