WOFFORD HEIGHTS, Calif. - An unwelcome visitor has made himself comfortable under a home in Wofford Heights, California leaving the owners to "grin and bear it" until the bear decides to move on.
Eric Barnes was filling up his fountain Monday morning when he heard a noise. "I didn't know what it was. I heard a noise, turned around and it was a bear, ten feet from me," Barnes said.
The bear was hiding under the house and began to move. Barnes said he wasn't taking any chances and ran back inside his home. "I was i scared, yes. I was scared to death; I came running out of there."
The bear is known as "Ditka" by locals, named after the popular former Chicago Bear football player and coach, Mike Ditka. Barnes says this is the second time Ditka has come by for a nap in two weeks, likely because there is no barrier under his porch.
Fish and Game officials are trying to coax the bear out, but Ditka won't budge. "He seems too comfortable. I used to be comfortable here too, but I'm not now," Barnes said.
Barnes and his grandson elected to stay elsewhere Monday night. "When you're in the house you can hear him through the floor. He bumps his head on the floor and it's like "ooh!" then you know exactly where he's at, he's right under your feet."
Regardless of the inconvenience, Barnes says this is no reason to bear arms. "We don't want to hurt the bear, we don't want him dead. We just want him out. I just want him to leave."