Paradise Bears Pose Threat

Jul 26, 2010 7:45 PM

"I'm afraid if I step two feet out the front door, he may be right around the corner and I wouldn't be able to make it back into the house in time" said Paradise resident Pamela Ingram. She is a hostage in her own home. Trapped inside day and night because of fear she may be mauled by a bear that refuses to leave her property. After contacting law enforcement officers, she says she is still forced to live with her unwanted guest. "I bang pans and he won't leave, I've done everything they've asked me to do to get this bear away and he still keeps coming back" Ingram says.
Ingram says paradise police officers have visited her property and have seen the bear. We called Fish and Game monday and they told us they will issue her a permit so she can shoot the bear if it damages her property or poses a threat to her. The bear has been around for the last three years, and he's apparently getting a little too comfortable. He now frequently bangs on the front door trying to get in, or looks in through windows. Ingram doesn't even want to think about what it might do next. "It's a scary feeling when your sitting there looking at a six foot bear in your window. You don't know what he's gonna do" Ingram said. She has made flyers with pictures of the bear to alert paradise residents, it urges them to contact the police or fish and game if they see one.


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