Man encounters 400 pound bear while walking and texting

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 13:18 EDT
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In a dazzling bit of live local news coverage Tuesday morning, a Los Angeles television station’s helicopter zeroed in on a 400 pound black bear trotting through the suburb of La Crescenta, when suddenly a man emerged at the opposite side of an alleyway walking straight toward the beast with his head down and a phone in hand.

Several steps later, the man’s stunned reaction when he looked up and saw the bear drew choked laughter from the news anchors at KTLA, and now the national media is jumping on the bandwagon.

The man later told KTLA that he had been awoken by the helicopter and was sending a text message to his employer to warn that he’d be late for work.

The bear, who’s been spotted in La Crescenta streets before and even has a Twitter account dedicated to his namesake (“Glen Bearian”), was later captured by authorities who used three tranquilizer darts to bring him down. He’s since been released into the Angeles National Forest.

This video is from KTLA, broadcast Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

This video is from CBS, broadcast Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

Photo: Shutterstock.com, all rights reserved.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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