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California man startled by bear living under his house

By Ben Hooper
California man startled by bear living under his house
A bear nicknamed Ditka was discovered Tuesday morning under a California man's house. Screenshot: KERO-TV

WOFFORD HEIGHTS, Calif., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A California man had a tense morning encounter with a bear that has chosen the space under his house as its new home.

Eric Barnes of Wofford Heights said he was in his front yard filling a fountain Tuesday morning when he heard a grunting noise and turned to look under his porch.

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"I just heard something and I turned around and looked and there was a bear!" he told KBAK/KBFX.

Barnes summoned the Kern County Sheriff's Office and officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, but they were unable to coax the bear out from under the home.

"He seems too comfortable. I used to be comfortable here too, but I'm not now," Barnes said.

Barnes said the bear, nicknamed Ditka by locals, is well known in the area and previously spent a few days under his home on a separate occasion.

"When you're in the house you can hear him through the floor. He bumps his head on the floor and then you know exactly where he's at. He's right under your feet," Barnes said.

Barnes said he planned to stay elsewhere for the night. He said Fish and Wildlife officials have a plan to remove the bear if it doesn't leave on its own Tuesday.

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