‘Can I help you?’ Homeowner keeps her cool as curious bear paws door and peeks inside her California house
- Tiffany Dukes spotted the bear in the back yard of her Sierra Madre home
- She spotted one bear walking around her swimming pool to approach her home
- One bear was seen peering through her sliding patio door which was closed
- Dukes said she is spotting more bears as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown
A curious bear surprised a Californian woman by pawing on her sliding door to peek into the room on October 16.
Tiffany Dukes from Sierra Madre filmed videos that show two bears roaming around her backyard.
‘Can I help you?’ Dukes can be heard saying as she films the moment the bear stands on its hind legs to put its paws on the door peek inside.
This bear walked up to Tiffany Dukes’ back door in Seirra Madra, California. She said she noticed more bears in the area since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic
Tiffany Dukes, left, pictured with her partner Kevin Kress, right, believes the bears may have been disturbed by the recent Bobcat fire which hit the Angeles National Forest
Dukes she locked her sliding doors when she saw one of the bears in her backyard. When she went to double-check the doors were secure, one of the bears ‘jumped up and surprised’ her
At one stage, one of the bears tested out the water in the swimming pool.
Dukes she locked her sliding doors when she saw one of the bears in her backyard. When she went to double-check the doors were secure, one of the bears ‘jumped up and surprised’ her.
Dukes claimed she saw bears slowly walking near her house frequently since the COVID-19 shutdown.
She said she’s living near Angeles National Forest, which is known for bear activities. Dukes observed that the recent Bobcat Fire had forced an influx of wildlife into her town.
In an interview with ABC-7 she said: ‘I was sitting on the couch when it happened, working, and I look up and I saw the teenage bear walking past the door. It comes over to the other door, which was cracked open, so I just ran over — and my adrenaline’s pumping — I shut it, lock it really quick and scared that one away.
Moments later she spotted a second bear. She said: ‘That’s when the baby jumped up on the window. Really obviously wanted to come inside. She’s really cute. Kind of scared it off a little bit, but then it went and took a drink in the pool and climbed the wall.’
She said she first saw the bears last week but has not seen their mother.
Numerous studies have linked bigger wildfires in America to climate change from the burning of coal, oil and gas. Scientists have said climate change has made California much drier, meaning trees and other plants are more flammable.
It has been a disastrous wildfire season in California, with more than 8,500 blazes burning more than 6,400 square miles since the start of the year. Thirty-one people have died and some 9,200 buildings have been destroyed.
Most of this year’s fires have occurred since mid-August, when an unusual siege of thousands of lightning strikes ignited huge blazes.
The causes of two fires that broke out in September remain under investigation.
Electricity supply equipment is being investigated as causing the Bobcat Fire.