VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) -- When Daniella Matthews got home Wednesday evening she saw a gigantic dog in the front yard of her northeast Vancouver house.
Then she realized the dog was a bear.
The bear took off and Matthews, 18, jumped into her car and followed it.
"I could even think, I was, like, 'Oh my God, a bear!' That's all I could say over and over again," she said, "with a few extra (words) in there."
The bear ran down the street, around the corner and up a resident's driveway. Then it climbed over a fence and into someone's backyard.
"I jumped out of the car and I pounded on the people's house," she said. "I was, like, there's a bear in your backyard. I don't think they believed me at first, but I was kind of freaking out and I was like, oh my gosh. But by that time I think it had already hopped over another fence."
She and her mom then called Clark County Animal Control.
"She was a little freaked out," her mom, Laura Matthews, said. "I was totally freaked out."
They believe the bear was attracted to the nearby chickens.
"I felt kind of bad chasing him," the teen said. "I probably gave him a heart attack but obviously he was OK enough to hop fences."
All over Salem and parts of Marion County, road conditions were still hazardous Friday night with even the main roads coated with a layer of ice and snow.
A Marion County deputy and the man he was chasing were both wounded by gunfire in a Christmas tree field in Silverton Friday afternoon.
An arrest warrant was issued for a 40-year-old man with a glass eye for allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl from Oregon City.
The season's first big snow storm hit the region Friday, closing schools and shutting down roads.