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April 13, 2012
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Video: Man texting almost walks into bear

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


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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