Surfing the internets, I found this video of an elderly couple in Pasadena locking up tight before they head out for the day. And diligent though they were in locking their door, they missed a bear, a real life bear, sitting on their front porch . . .
ABC reports that said elderly couple got some physical contact with said FULLY GROWN
BROWN BEAR [emphasis mine].
A surveillance camera in the same neighborhood captured footage of Bob and Irene McKeown — who are visiting from overseas — leaving a home without even noticing that the bear was right next to them.
“I felt something brushing against my leg. Once I closed the door, I turned around, I shout, ‘It’s a bear! It’s a bear!'” said Bob McKeown. He suffered just a small nick on his leg.
I’m not saying that I do a full perimeter sweep before I leave the house everyday, but I feel confident in my ability to make it out the door with my head on enough of a swivel to notice a bear.
What’s this mean for you? As always, home carry, and make sure you’re carrying on the way out the door. But more importantly, keep your head on a swivel. It might not always be a tweaker on your front poor looking to score off an easy target. It could be a full sized bear looking for a meal.