Video: Man texting almost walks into bear

Bear later wandered into resident's backyard, where fish and wildlife agents eventually tranquilized it


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By PoliceOne Staff

Numerous PSAs show the dangers of texting and distracted driving. Now here's one for distracted walking.

TV helicopter crews captured a Calif. man so immersed in sending a text he walks into a 500-pound black bear Tuesday.

Just before he reaches it, he notices the huge bear — and turns and runs in the nick of time.

“I was texting my boss that I would be late for work because something is going on, and I’m coming down the stairs and I see the bear coming up the stairs toward me," Vaz Terdandenyan told KTLA-TV. “I turned back and I ran for my life. I guess running for a marathon came in handy because I was in shape to run away!”

The bear, which was tracked by a police helicopter, later wandered into a resident's backyard in La Crescenta, where fish and wildlife agents eventually tranquilized it.

It was later released deep into the Angeles National Forest.

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