California man bitten after kicking mama bear that attacked his dog, police say

KABC(SIERRA MADRE, Calif.) -- A Southern California man proved his love for his dog when he defended it from a bear attack, according to police.

Authorities received a 911 call Monday afternoon from a woman reporting that her neighbor had been bitten by a bear, Sierra Madre Police Chief Jim Hunt told ABC News.

The small mixed-breed dog had confronted a bear cub that wandered into the yard on Hermosa Avenue in Sierra Madre, Hunt said. When the mama bear saw the dog acting aggressively toward the cub, it attacked it.

The resident was afraid that the bear was going to kill his dog, so he went up and kicked the bear, Hunt said.

The mama bear then focused her attention on the man, swiping him in both his calves and biting him just below his right knee, Hunt said.

The man, who is in his 50s, was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The dog was also taken to the veterinarian and is expected to survive, Hunt said.

Officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife were able to find the bears and tranquilize them, Hunt said.

Aerial footage shows officers from California Fish and Wildlife loading the bears onto a truck.

The bears were taken to one of the department's permitted facilities, where they'll remain until the investigation is complete, George Struble, assistant chief for California Fish and Wildlife, told ABC News.

Officials will test the bears' DNA to ensure that they were the ones that came in contact with the man, Struble said.

A preliminary investigation shows that the mama bear was exhibiting normal behavior by protecting her cub, but if officials determine that she displayed abnormal behavior, she may be euthanized, Struble said.

Otherwise, the bears will likely be released back into the hills, he added.

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Parents brawl during youth baseball game after disagreeing with 13-year-old umpire

Parents brawl during youth baseball game after disagreeing with 13-year-old umpirefstop123/iStock(LAKEWOOD, Colo.) -- A baseball game between a group of 7-year-old kids degenerated into an all-out brawl with parents throwing haymakers, other cowering for cover and a woman even jumping on someone's back.

The reason for the brawl: a parent didn't like the calls being made by a 13-year-old umpire.

The fight began at Westgate Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo., a suburb southwest of Denver, on Saturday at about noon as 15 to 20 adults got into a violent tussle, according to Lakewood police.

The brawl was still ongoing as Lakewood police arrived at the scene.

These adults took over the field and began assaulting each other on 6/15 during a youth baseball game. We're looking for any info, in particular to ID the man in the white shirt/teal shorts. Several people have already been cited in this fight and injuries were reported.

— Lakewood Police (@LakewoodPDCO) June 18, 2019

Police issued four citations for disorderly conduct, but said they are still searching for others involved in the fight.

Police are looking for an adult in a white T-shirt and teal shorts in particular because he can be seen in the video throwing sucker punches at people looking in the other direction. Police said it is unknown if this person is a parent of one of the children in the game.

There were a few minor injuries and one person suffered serious bodily injury, police told ABC News. No details on the injury were available.

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