Man injured in confrontation with Southern California bear

SIERRA MADRE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man and his dog were injured in a confrontation with a mother bear and her cub in a foothill suburb.

Sierra Madre Police Chief Jim Hunt tells KTLA a small dog went after the cub in a back yard.

The mother bear went after the dog to protect her cub and the homeowner kicked the mother bear to protect his dog.

Police say the bear slashed and bit the man, but both he and his dog are expected to be OK.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers tranquilized the bears and hauled them away.

The department says there’s an increase in black bear activity statewide this time of year, but they rarely pose a public safety threat and are not often a threat to domestic dogs and cats.

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