At one convention of IT enthusiasts the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department issued a notice warning parents about a man dressed as a bear.
The public safety notice said: "The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department is warning parents about a disturbing new phenomenon made popular by pedophiles and sexual deviants.
"The Pedo Bear began as an online Japanese cartoon character, and is known for his "lecherous nature" towards prepubescent children.
"Recently, pedophiles have adopted the bear as a mascot.
"Although there have been no reported sightings of the image on the Central Coast, individuals dressed in the bear costume and car decals have been seen in Southern California.
Wow. I knew California government was in poor shape, but did the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department really just get internet service? Cause if so they are waaaaay behind on cute animal videos..
Thanks to Tom D and Kris, who won't approach a strange van for anything less than an ice cream sandwich.