MONROVIA, CA (WTXF) - A little French Bulldog sprang into action when two bears jumped over the gate around her California home – and therefore her territory.
Jewels, a 5-year-old Frenchie, sprinted down towards the bears, lunging at one.
The bear then got on its hind legs to defend itself, but then ran away.
Dog owner David Fernandez said, “They're in her yard. And there's children here. And she doesn't want that.”
“She's just 20 pounds of fury and she's 20 pounds of heart.”
Just seconds later, the bear cubs leap over the gate, with another surveillance camera showing a different angle to the encounter.
The cubs were scared away and scrambled to escape little Jewels.
Fernandez has lived in Monrovia, California for more than ten years and says that he’s seen more wildlife in the area now more than ever.
Officials say that bears are merely looking for water and food during the drought that is currently plaguing California, not pets or people.
However, Fernandez is still being cautious and says that if something happens to his dog, people could be to blame for not keeping an eye on their trash and even feeding the bears.
“I understand having empathy for bears. I'm empathetic. But I'm more empathetic for humans. Because next it could be a child,” he said.
He says that bears have tried to slide his young daughter’s bedroom window open and climb inside.
“I've had to put wood up there, just to calm things down.”
And he has a serious message for everyone in the community.
“Don't feed the bears. Leave them alone. They are not your pets. They can kill you.”