A bear made his way to suburban Roseville Sunday, hopscotching from yard to yard, teetering atop fences and even climbing a tree.
Dogs yelped, neighbors gawked and police tried to hurry the bruin on his way as the cinnamon-colored critter livened a Sunday for residents who live near Linda Creek.
Roseville police got the first call about 7:30 a.m. Sunday that there was bear on the prowl in the backyard of a home on Lund Drive. All day long there were reports of a bear in the area, the last coming around midnight.
Police called the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who told officers to keep the bear moving.
"Officers tried to scare it, to make it uncomfortable so that it doesn't settle down here," said Dee Dee Gunther, spokeswoman for Roseville police.
Gunther, who said the bear didn't look full-grown, theorized that the bear might have followed Linda Creek into the neighborhood, perhaps coming down from the foothills.
The bear was on Chuck Willliams' property on Hidden View Lane, first spotted in his backyard through the kitchen window by his wife, Satoko, when she was washing dishes just after 11 a.m.
"My wife was rather hysterical when she came to me about the bear," Williams said. "She's telling me 'There's a bear out back'."
Williams said he was wondering what was wrong with his wife. After all, he thought, there are no bears roaming Roseville.
Then he took a look in the backyard. Sure enough, there was a bear out back.
"Lo and behold, there he was," said Williams. "He crossed the fence and went into the next yard over. Then the dogs chased him up the tree. When the dogs got back, then he came down."
Williams said his home is about a quarter of a mile from Linda Creek.
"I don't know where he came from," said Williams. "But, the bear has got to eat. I'd imagine he is up here to eat the dog and cat food people have out on their back porch."
Williams remembers a mountain lion reported several years ago in Maidu Park. But no bears until Sunday, he said.