BAKERSFIELD, CA - A City in the Hills neighborhood was blocked off Thursday morning, after a black bear cub wandered the streets and climbed up a tree, causing quite a scene.
"It was shocking. I mean, not every day you wake up at eight in the morning and expect to see a bear in your front yard," said resident Paul Chavez.
Chavez took a photo of the bear seconds before it climbed a tree. The bear stayed there for a couple of hours.
But, before the bear found a tree to hide in, Chavez says his wife told him a bear was roaming their property.
"I went to the backyard, didn't see a bear, came back to the front yard, looked through my office window and right here where I'm standing was the bear just looking right back at me," said Chavez.
While the bear was in the tree, officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife waited under the tree for the perfect opportunity to tranquilize it.
Some residents living in City in the Hills were on edge.
"There's a lot of kids in this neighborhood and a lot of us moms are here during the day and out walking, and it just makes me a little bit nervous as far as how to handle situations when this happens," said Keri Mestmaker.
"You'll see some nature hawks, kit foxes, coyotes. You expect bears to stay in the mountains, but I guess due to the drought they're coming a little closer in to more populated areas," said Chavez.
Fish and Wildlife officials say the bear most likely made a wrong turn looking for food and ended up in a residential neighborhood.
"We've been here for about two and a half years and we've never seen this so it's 'beary' interesting that this is happening here this morning," said Mestmaker.
Officers tranquilized the bear without any problems about three hours after it was seen. Fish and Wildlife officials say they released the bear back into the mountains Thursday afternoon.