A bear cub that got close to pedestrians on August 15 and 16 in Lake Isabella, California – near Bakersfield – was tranquilized on Tuesday, after reports of “a kook” feeding the bear.
This footage recorded by James Robert Allen shows a small bear wandering about the parking lot near Vons grocery store and O’Reilly Auto Parts. In one clip, a motorcyclist is heard revving their bike near the animal, as Allen is heard passionately urging people not to go near the cub. In another video, the bear is seen right next to a seated man, as Allen alleges that the man was feeding and trying to pet the wild animal all day.
Allen told Storyful the bear was “very young and appeared to be hungry.”
Allen also recorded video of the bear on August 16, after it had been tranquillized by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
According to local media, wildlife officials returned the bear to the forest. Credit: James Robert Allen via Storyful