‘If it wasn’t for that officer, I’d be dead right now’ – California News

‘If it wasn’t for that officer, I’d be dead right now’ – California News

POMONA >> Traci Lowe received the shock of her life Thursday morning when she took her poodle, Fozzy, for a walk in Pomona and was confronted by a large bear.

“It noticed me when I noticed it, and when it saw me it started charging,” said Lowe, who lives in the Copacabana mobile home park in the 2700 block of Arrow Highway.

Several Pomona police officers who were there trying to contain the bear began shouting for Lowe to run, she said.

Lowe said an officer pulled his vehicle between the charging animal and Lowe, allowing her to lock herself into the community’s laundry room.

“If it wasn’t for that officer, I’d be dead right now,” she said. “I’m still shaking. It was so scary.”

Video: Bear goes for an early-morning stroll in Pomona

When Lowe and Fozzy set out on their morning walk around 6:30 a.m., she was unaware that Pomona police had been tracking the large bear for at least two hours. The bear sighting was reported to police about 4:30 a.m. in the area of McKinley Avenue near the Pomona Fairplex, said Sgt. Brian Hagerty.

Eventually, Department of Fish and Wildlife officers were able to tranquilize the bear when it climbed a tree near the Metrolink station parking lot and take it away, he said, but not before it scared a few residents.

According to Lowe, another woman walking her three dogs also had to turn tail and run when the large woodland creature ran toward them.

“She couldn’t pick up her dogs and run like I did, so I ended up running a little faster,” she said.

Authorities say no one was hurt.

The bear, a healthy, 450-pound male, will be released back into the Angeles National…

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