- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LA VERNE, Calif. (AP) - Residents of a Los Angeles-area foothill community are being warned to look out for a bear that was shot and wounded after charging at an off-duty sheriff’s deputy.

The Sheriff’s Department says the deputy and his three children were walking up the driveway of a home near La Verne on Tuesday night when they saw three bears near some trash bins.

Authorities say the deputy was trying to get his children to safety when one bear charged. The deputy fired several shots from a handgun and apparently wounded the bear.

All three animals ran off into nearby brush near Live Oak Canyon. They haven’t been found.

The Sheriff’s Department says wildlife sightings are frequent in foothill areas, where animals can be lured by the availability of water and food sources.

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