Deputy lowered from chopper comes face to face with bears

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Posted: Jan 26, 2015 1:59 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Ricky Hernandez was being lowered from a helicopter to inspect an abandoned car in rugged terrain, his team spotted a bear on the ground.

But when team members tried to warn Hernandez, they lost radio contact.

Luckily the bear was startled by the chopper and ran off into Angeles National Forest.

Still, Hernandez was in for a shock when he peered inside the car Sunday and came face to face with some bear cubs that had made themselves at home.

KABC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1zioTvh ) the two or three cubs had torn up all the upholstery and made the vehicle into a den.

After a brief investigation, Hernandez got out quickly.

Hernandez says he learned a valuable lesson: Always be on the lookout, even on routine calls.

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Information from: KABC-TV, http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/