SEBASTAPOL (KPIX 5) — For weeks now, folks living near Sebastapol have been seeing an animal that isn’t normally seen much in these parts: a big brown bear.

When it comes to wild animals, residents here have seen the gamut – mountain lions rattle snakes, bobcats – but when they see a bear, they get a little scared.

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The bears were spotted rummaging through garbage and digging into compost bins. One homeowner discovered some bears had torn off his barn door and killed his goats.

Residents told KPIX 5 that hunting down the bears would truly be a last resort. Right now, they are hoping everybody can all just get along.

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