From this story in the New York Daily News:
_A 12-year-old girl who was home alone came face to face with a hungry bear that had broken into her family's California home Wednesday. Kara Jackson was home sick from school when she heard strange noises downstairs in her family's rural Forest Falls home about 2:30 p.m. She went downstairs - and was shocked at what she saw. "My stomach just, like, dropped. It was crazy," Kara, who is just 4-feet-8 and 70 pounds, told The Daily News. "When I saw his back, I clapped three times as loud as I could and then ran back upstairs and locked myself in my room. I knew that bears don't like loud noises, so I made the loudest noise I could think of right at that second."
__The bear had lumbered into the kitchen after ripping off a screen door, her father said.