Girl, 12, Home Alone, Finds Bear in House

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A 12-year-old girl who was home alone in Forest Falls got a big scare Wednesday when a  bear found its way inside the house.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were called to a house in the 39600 block of Prospect Drive around 2:30 p.m.

The 150-pound yearling bear apparently pushed open an unlocked door and made its way into the kitchen.

Kara Jackson says she heard noises in the kitchen. When she came downstairs, she saw the bear.

She then ran back upstairs to safety and called her father, Cole Jackson, at work. He, in turn, called the sheriff’s department.

“I was like clapping really loud to get him to leave, because once I knew that it wasn’t a person, I knew it had to be a bear,” Kara told KTLA.

Cole Jackson says his daughter was very level-headed through the ordeal.

“When the sheriff came, from what I hear from my wife, she was in our bedroom putting on nail polish,” he joked.

The bear left the house without doing any damage, according to authorities.

Kara was not hurt.

When deputies arrived, the animal was in the backyard, said sheriff’s departments spokesperson Jody Miller.

The bear then climbed up a tree.

The sheriff’s department alerted State Fish and Game about the bear’s presence in the area.

The bear eventually climbed down and wandered away.

Cole Jackson told authorities he did not want the animal shot as a nuisance.

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