LOOMIS (CBS13) — Jim Paclik has been living in a country-style Loomis home since the 1970s, and for decades he’d spot maybe a racoon or mountain lion, but the past two years he’s seen the tracks of a furry family of four.

And this time he caught them on camera — a mother black bear and her three bear cubs.

“Thinking about it now I probably should’ve been a little concerned,” he said.

Jim was alerted to the bears over the weekend when he went to let his cat outside at his home on Horseshoe Bar Road and he didn’t want to go.

“I walked over here clicked to open door and didn’t see him,” he told CBS13’s Neda Iranpour. “Usually he trots out and rolls on the concrete.”

Jim was still clueless to the big bears just feet away until …

“This mother bear came around and was standing on my door,” he said.

Jim had just stepped inside when mama bear caught his eye and he grabbed his camera. Then around the corner came three more bear cubs.

“I came out and didn’t have a chance to do any settings,” he said. “I just put it on auto. They were right over the edge of the deck.”

He saw them sniff around for some pecans and persimmons, but they may have been too full for a hearty meal.

According to a neighbor they had already been next door that same Saturday morning, chomping on some chickens.

“They probably had Chicken McNuggets for breakfast,” Jim said.

So they nibbled on his fruit trees as dessert.

“They’ve been fed pretty good. They were cute,” he said.

But with some neighbors reporting their trash is being dumped over, they may have to invest in something you wouldn’t expect to need in Loomis — bear-proof bins.

Comments (8)
  1. Slippers 4 Sale says:

    Anyone want to buy a pair of slippers???

  2. Braveheart Burns says:

    These bears should be removed for their own protection. Children coming home in Pollack Pines had bears trying to get in the house. The bears are a menace and are not Yogie Bear. Sooner or later an encounter will happen that will not be good for the bears or people.

  3. Alisha says:

    What about the cat? Was the cat ok? Or. . .cat food?

    1. Jim Paclik says:

      He is fine..and has an agent now..

  4. jackie says:

    I did reply once regarding these fantastic pictures of mama bear and her cubs, this is not something one sees very often and I appreciate the photographer sharing them with us.

  5. Kristin C. says:

    I’m the proud niece of this handsome gentleman! I’m so glad we finally have a famous person in this family. I’ve been waiting! All joking aside, it must be pretty wild to have 4 bears in your back yard…

  6. MartyNolan Vroege says:

    I’m sure it was the same family in my driveway in Foresthill about a week before. I instantly regretted that I didn’t have a camera. It amazes me that the family walked all that way from Foresthill to Loomis in a week. I was mostly stunned at the THREE cubs. We have lots of bears here and know how to discourage them.

    1. Jim Paclik says:

      Since October 8th I have had many phone calls and emails from neighbors and friends of neighbors. I have determined that there are at least 5 groups of bears in the area. The family of 4 that came through here, 2 adult bears on Lomida Lane, 1 mother and 1 cub, 1 mother and 2 cubs around Loomis Park on King Road, and Auburn home breakin. They have been through my property before. Late fall 2006, October 2009, October 2010, and October 2011.

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