When a big black bear is hungry, don't be afraid, but keep an eye on your trash cans.
That's the lesson for residents of Arcadia, California, after a black bear was captured on video carrying garbage in its teeth and enjoying a snack Tuesday evening.
Now that the winter thaw is over, black bears are no longer in hibernation and more prone to venturing out.
“Tuesday night is bear night. Because all the trash cans are out,” said Jon Matheny, an Arcadia resident told KCBS/KCAL.
Matheny has lived in Arcadia for more than three decades, so he’s used to the bears.
“My son was looking out the window one time and he saw the top of the bear standing on all fours over the trash can,” Matheny told the news station.
Authorities have said the bears are not typically aggressive.
The best advice on what to do if you see a bear chowing down near your garbage?
Back away slowly, but don't turn and run.