Man, 84, survives attack by bear while sleeping in mountains above Sierra Madre

An 84-year-old man who was sleeping in the mountains above Sierra Madre was attacked by a bear, authorities said Wednesday morning.

The man was attacked around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday as he slept in the hills off Santa Anita Avenue. He told police that as he walked away from the bear, the animal followed him into a neighborhood, where he sought help.

"The man then walked down the mountain (with the bear following) to a house in the 1200 Block of Arno Drive where he got behind a gate and waited for the bear to leave," the Sierra Madre Police Department told FOX 11.

The man suffered several cuts to his arms and head but was not seriously injured. He was not hospitalized.

CNS contributed to this report.