by The Chicago Times Staff

June 1, 2021

BRADBURY, CA — A 17-year-old girl shoved a mother bear off a brick wall to save her family’s dogs.  Local residents agitated over increased bear activity.

Three dogs in the enclosed yard become agitated and bark at a mother bear and her cubs perched on a brick wall separating the back yard from a neighbor’s property, according to video captured by a security camera at Hailey Morinico’s home in the San Gabriel Valley. 

A security camera mounted on the family home shows Morinico running into the yard, shoving the bear off the wall, and gathering the dogs to bring them inside after the mother bear swats at them as they approach to bark at the wild bears.

An unnamed witness said “It was the most unbelievable thing I’ve ever seen.  This teen comes running out and pushes a wild bear off a wall, a wild bear, mind you.  Unbelievable! I don’t know if I would have done the same.  You know, these days it’s like we live at the bear dump.  Unbelievable.”

Morinico escaped with a minor scratch.  There is no report on the condition or whereabouts of the marauding mother bear or her cubs.  Animal rights groups decried the bear was only protecting her cubs; but local residents feel unsafe at the frequent incursions and wonder who will protect them.