Bears in town are not a good omen for all sorts of reasons. Not a good sign for the bears and kind of a headache for people, too.

But there sure seems to be a spate of them lately, and the one upside to this troubling trend is that we get some good pictures of bears trying to navigate the urban landscape.

This evening, a mama bear and her cub kicked it in downtown Arcata for a bit.  They were spotted climbing over the fence at Pho Hoang and beating feet down G Street. Daniel Pacheco Browning (age 13) reports, through his mom, Anjali, that police were on the scene at Pho Hoang, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife had been notified.

Above photos: Daniel Pacheco Browning. Below: Zachary Meisel.