Diario del proyecto Bears of Southern California

05 de agosto de 2020

Bear Walks Through Oprah Winfrey’s Property in Montecito

Original source: https://keyt.com/news/santa-barbara-s-county/2020/07/27/bear-walks-through-oprah-winfreys-property-in-montecito/

By: Julia Nguyen

MONTECITO, Calif. -- Two on air personalities got a special visitor Monday morning.

Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey got a visit from a bear on Monday in Montecito.

King, who is currently sheltered up with Winfrey, was working in Winfrey's home when security came in during her live shot to warn her that a bear was on the property.

The NewsChannel's Joe Buttitta and Kelsey Gerckens spoke to King during a curated interview with Larry Klein.

King said she did not know there were bears in what she called "the Santa Barbara bureau".

Joey told King that they came from the mountains and it is a rare occasion for a bear to come through.

In King's Instagram post, a video shows her security guard warning her to stay inside as there was an adolescent black bear sighting at the front of the property.

California Fish and Wildlife says the bear was just passing through Winfrey's property. The animal left before rangers could respond to the scene.

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17 de julio de 2020

Bear Tranquilized After Strolling Through Los Angeles Mission College Neighborhood

Original source: https://abc7.com/sylmar-bear-sighting-in/6260134/

By: Sid Garcia

Authorities captured a bear that was wandering in a residential area near Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar on Monday.

The 250-pound female bear was seen walking through the El Cariso Golf Course around 10:30 a.m. The animal made its way to the area of Eldridge Avenue and Hubbard Street, where it roamed through surface streets and backyards.

AIR7 HD was over the scene, where the bear did not appear to get close to any people or pets.

The animal apparently came from nearby El Cariso Regional Park and wandered onto the college campus before walking through the neighborhood, where it collapsed around 11:15 a.m. after being tranquilized.

Wildlife personnel and Los Angeles police officers closed in on the bear after it laid still on a sidewalk for several minutes. California Fish and Wildlife personnel eventually loaded the bear into the back of a truck.

The animal will be treated and likely returned to the wild.

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22 de junio de 2020

Bear Spotted for Second Time in Lompoc

Original Source: https://www.ksby.com/news/local-news/bear-spotted-for-second-time-in-lompoc

By: KSBY Staff

A large bear paid another visit to Lompoc, after it was captured and released in May.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said they received reports of a bear roaming on North H St. around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Video circulating on social media shows the bear digging through the trash can outside of Vons.

A wildlife officer responded and followed the bear into the riverbed east of town where it disappeared into a wooded area, according to CA Fish and Wildlife.

Officials said this bear is the same bear that was captured, tagged and released south of Lompoc on May 12th.

The bear had been seen near Gaviota a few weeks ago and appears it traveled back to Lompoc, wildlife officials said.

There were no reports of damage or aggressive or threatening behavior from the bear.

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21 de junio de 2020

Bear Attacks Woman Who’d Been Sleeping in Sierra Madre Backyard

Original Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-18/bear-attacks-woman-whod-been-sleeping-in-sierra-madre-backyard%3f_amp=true

By Colleen Shalby

A young woman who had fallen asleep in her Sierra Madre backyard awoke to the sight of a bear earlier this week, and the encounter quickly turned violent, state Fish and Wildlife officials said.

The animal began to scratch and bite the woman, who has not been identified, and she struck the bear with her laptop, Capt. Patrick Foy told KABC-TV Channel 7.

When she and the bear broke contact, she was able to run inside to safety.

The bear’s DNA was collected from the woman’s wounds and will be compared with samples taken from a bear that was trapped in the area the day after Monday’s attack, officials said. If the DNA matches, the trapped bear “would be euthanized in the interest of public safety,” Foy said.

Bear sightings are not uncommon in the Sierra Madre area, which sits at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. While residents there and in nearby foothills have routinely spotted bears in swimming pools and wandering neighborhood streets, attacks are rare, officials said.

In this instance, Foy said the bear had not been provoked.

“They didn’t provoke the animal. They didn’t get between the animal and its cubs. They didn’t attract it inadvertently with the strong odor of food,” he told CBS-TV Channel 2. “This person was asleep with a laptop in her lap and was doing nothing that would be argued as inadvertently attracting this bear.”

Last June, an adult black bear scratched a man on his Sierra Madre property. Fish and Wildlife biologists concluded that the female bear had acted in defense of itself and its nearby cub. The bear had wandered onto the property, when the man’s dog challenged it. The man intervened and was scratched in the process.

Both the mother and cub were released back into the wild.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife has a list of suggestions for bear-proofing a home, which includes the recommendation that residents avoid confrontations with bear that break into houses and gives it an escape route to safely leave. Residents are also advised to block access to potential hibernation spots, such as crawl spaces.

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23 de mayo de 2020

Bear Makes Midnight Appearance in Simi Valley

Original Source: https://www.simivalleyacorn.com/articles/bear-makes-midnight-appearance-in-simi-valley/

By: Sylvie Belmond

It’s not every day a bear wanders into town.

But a hungry young black bear dared to make the trek last night. It appears to have crossed the 118 Freeway on a quest for a midnight snack.

According to the Simi Valley Police Department, the bear was spotted roaming through an industrial complex at 2280 Ward Ave. in the middle of western Simi shortly after 1:30 a.m. May 22.

Officers kept an eye on the animal until a warden from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife arrived.

“After a somewhat lengthy game of ‘cat and mouse’ the bear was cornered, safely tranquilized and, like a key government witness, relocated to an undisclosed remote location far away from the city,” the police department said jokingly in a social media post this morning.

“SVPD would like to remind residents to keep all compartmentalized woven baskets, red/white tablecloths, fine china, silverware, linens and, most importantly, any and all food items safely stored inside their residences.”

Tim Daly, spokesperson for Fish and Wildlife, said his department was notified of the bear’s presence around 2 a.m.

SVPD officers were watching the animal, which was spotted on the south side of the 118 Freeway, nowhere near suitable habitat.

The bear was a healthy male, about 1.5 years old. It weighed around 125 lbs., Daly told the Acorn in an email. The bear was tranquilized without incident and released in the Los Padres National Forest, he said.

Though the responding officer hasn’t seen a bear in that area in 10 years, bears are found north of California Highway 126 and further east above Granada Hills, Daly added.

Mayor Keith Mashburn said can’t remember the last time a bear was spotted in the city.

“We’ve seen cougars, coyotes and even tigers, but I can’t recall a bear,” he said.

According to Fish and Wildlife, black bears are an important part of the local ecosystem. The species has been classified as a game mammal since 1948. But since then, hunting regulations have become more restrictive, prohibiting trapping, killing of cubs or sows with cubs, and reducing the bag limit from two to one bear per license year. In 1982, the department began recommending regulatory and legislative changes to reduce poaching and increase wildlife officials’ ability to monitor bear populations.

California’s black bear population has increased over the past 25 years. In 1982, the statewide black bear population was estimated to be between 10,000 and 15,000. It is now conservatively estimated to be between 30,000 and 40,000.

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29 de abril de 2020

Wild in Solvang: California Black Bear Roaming Downtown, Released Back into Los Padres National Forest

Original source: https://syvnews.com/lifestyles/wild-in-solvang-california-black-bear-roaming-downtown-released-back-into-los-padres-national-forest/article_9fb973cf-d7f8-559f-a7f1-21ae7f632451.html

By Lisa Andre, April 28, 2020

A large California black bear wandered into downtown Solvang left mostly empty by COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday evening, prompting response from sheriff's deputies and state fish and wildlife officials, who tranquilized the unlikely visitor and returned it to the forest.

Residents called 911 at 9:13 p.m., to alert authorities to the roaming bear, according to a report by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

Upon locating the bear, estimated to weigh 450 pounds, which had settled in an alcove behind The Mole Hole on Mission Drive, deputies were able to establish a safe perimeter to keep pedestrians away from the area, while the California Highway Patrol assisted with diverting traffic off Mission Drive, between First Street and Alisal Road.

The Sheriff's Office also issued a “shelter-in-place” advisory to warn nearby residents of the presence of a potentially dangerous animal.

The bear facts : California black bears are common, with a population estimate of about 30,000. They can be found mostly in mountainous areas above 3,000 feet elevation. Bears commonly consume ants and other insects in summer but prefer nut crops, especially acorns, and manzanita berries in the fall. Mostly they are plant eaters, but they have been reported catching and consuming young deer fawns.

State fish and wildlife officials shot the bear once with a tranquilizer, according to the report, causing it to leave the alcove and move east, across Alisal Road and onto the Santa Ynez Mission, where it disappeared into the brush on the hillside.

Once located, a fish and wildlife biologist stepped in to administer an additional tranquilizer.

Longtime Solvang resident Rod Simmons, owner of Lone Star Engineering, a structural engineering firm that offers stress analysis, structural alterations and architectural restoration in the Santa Ynez Valley, says he was contacted by sheriff's Deputy Sandy Frausto after 10 p.m. Saturday night.

"I was already in bed when I got the call. I told them I'd be there in 20 minutes," Simmons said. "[Deputy Frausto] knows that I have heavy equipment — I've got the crane. I've always tried to help the city out when I can.

"We were able to spot his eyes when the game warden used his flashlight," Simmons said. "He was hidden in the brush pretty well, which is a normal thing for a bear to do. He was trying to hide."

Simmons said that after the second tranquilizer, the bear was well sedated which allowed the group to go in with chainsaws and cut a pathway to the bear.

The forest contributes nearly $103.4 million annual revenue to local businesses who gain from people visiting from all over the nation to hike, bike and camp in our mountains.

By 4 a.m., the crew was able to approach the sleeping animal, shackle his legs as a safety precaution and begin the process of returning the bear to the forest.

"He had a grey muzzle — he was an older guy. But he was big and fat and probably weighed more than 450 pounds," Simmons said.

The bear was carefully dragged down the hill, and Simmons said he was able to assist with safely lifting it into a fish and wildlife vehicle by means of his crane-mounted truck.

Fish and wildlife then transported the bear to the Los Padres National Forest where he was observed until his successful release at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

"When he woke up, he was drowsy but looked like he was ready to eat," said Simmons. "There are plenty of acorns out there for him."

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Solvang Bear Captured and Released Back Into Wild Early Sunday Morning

Original source: https://keyt.com/news/santa-barbara-s-county/2020/04/26/solvang-bear-captured-and-released-back-into-wild-early-sunday-morning/

By Jessica Brest
Published April 26, 2020 5:02 pm

SOLVANG, Calif. - The bear that caused residents to shelter in their homes Saturday night in Downtown Solvang has been captured and released safely into the wild, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

A bear that wandered into Solvang Saturday evening was captured early Sunday morning and released back into the wild.

Deputies from the Sheriff's Department located the bear around 10 p.m. on the 1600 block of Mission Drive near a local wine tasting business.

Lt. Jamie Dostal with Fish & Wildlife said the bear was lying down on the ground outside the business and panting heavily, leading them to believe he may have just been running or overheating and decided to rest there.

Shortly after, a Wildlife Officer and biologist responded to the area and decided it was best to chemically immobilize the bear with tranquilizers. However, due to the bear's large size, Fish & Wildlife said it took time and multiple tranquilizer darts before the drugs took effect and the bear went down.

Lt. Dostal said officers were finally able to approach the bear around 2 or 3 a.m.

The black bear, which they estimated to weigh between 350 and 400 pounds, was so heavy that a crane with straps had to be used to lift his unconscious body up and onto a pickup truck bed.

Lt. Dostal said Fish & Wildlife were surprised to see such a large bear wandering into town as normally the bears that come into civilized areas are younger and less experienced.

The bear was then driven to a safe area about 10 miles northeast of the town where he was released.

However, Officers remained with the bear through the night until 9 a.m. on Sunday, when he had fully emerged from his drugged state and was able to safely return to his normal life. Fish & Wildlife said they stay with the animals to ensure other predators do not take advantage of them while they are sedated.

Lt. Dostal said that while the bear was unconscious, he was examined and determined to be a male adult, but not an elderly bear, who was in good health which was a pleasant surprise. Lt. Dostal explained that, in the past, bears that have come near residences and businesses showed injuries from encounters with people including being hit by cars.

The bear's good health may partly be thanks to the county and state's stay at home orders which are keeping many people off of sidewalks and out of cars.

Lt. Dostal said they have not received any reports of the bear coming into contact with pedestrians or business workers during his adventure into the town. Had the shelter at home order not been instated, normal Solvang crowds may have played a part in the bear's wellbeing or its choice to walk down city streets at all as bears typically like to keep to themselves.

An ear tag was also placed on the bear so that, should he return to town, Fish & Wildlife can recognize him as the same bear.

Lt. Dostal said it is possible the bear wandered into town in search of water after the streak of hot days, or possibly because he saw that there were fewer people around and wanted to explore.

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07 de abril de 2020

Black Bear Safely Removed After Stroll Through Southern California Neighborhood

Original source: https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/black-bear-wanders-southern-california-neighborhood-monrovia/story?id=69125349

By Kelly McCarthy
Feb 21, 2020

A black bear that was wandering through a Southern California neighborhood and quickly captured national attention was apparently tranquilized by wildlife officials and transported out of the area, video shows.

The team of men were seen moving the massive black bear, which appears to have brown fur, on a large green tarp through a residential yard onto the bed of a pickup truck.

The bear was first spotted in a residential area of Monrovia, California, ABC News Los Angeles station KABC reported.

Multiple local news outlets and wildlife officials arrived to the scene along with some cautious, but curious, onlookers.

The bear has been seen from overhead helicopter camera wandering the front, side and backyards of homes on Hillcrest Boulevard starting at around 5:30 a.m. local time.

At one point around 6:50 a.m. local time, the bear was seen from an overhead vantage point as it walked right up to an iron driveway gate where a homeowner's dog was barking and standing on the opposite side.

The animals did not make physical contact, and after the bear turned around and walked to the next house, the dog retreated to the backyard.

At least one vehicle came dangerously close to the bear in the middle of a street, when it drove past the animal in the pre-dawn darkness, KABC said.

There was a bear spotted in the same neighborhood on Thursday, but it's unclear if it is the same animal.

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29 de enero de 2020

Bear Prowls Glendora Neighborhood Overnight

Original source: https://patch.com/california/glendora/video-bear-prowls-glendora-neighborhood-overnight

By Ashley Ludwig, Patch Staff
Dec 20, 2019

GLENDORA, CA — A bear was caught on camera, strolling along a brightly lit Glendora street overnight, Thursday. The animal was spotted just before 10 p.m. on Hicrest Road, wandering in front of a home decked out in festive Christmas lights.

In this video as it appears on the Neighbors app, the creature walks slowly across the street to the corner of a building. Though it disappears for a moment, the bear then comes back into view and goes on its way, doing bear things.

Though bear sightings are not rare in Glendora, it is a gut-check reminder that small animals should remain indoors at night!

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife have some general guidelines for bear encounters, with suggestions for what do to if you find a bear inside your home, or encounter one out on the streets and trails:

If a bear breaks into your home, do not confront the bear. Most bears will quickly look for an escape route. Move away to a safe place. Do not block exit points. If the bear does not leave, get to a safe place and call 911.

If you encounter a bear in your yard, chances are it will move on if there is nothing for the bear to forage.

If there is enough distance between you and the bear, you can encourage the bear to leave by using noisemakers or blowing a whistle.

If you encounter a bear while hiking and it does not see you. Back away slowly, increase your distance. Clap hands or make noise so the bear knows you are there and will move on.

If you encounter a bear on the trail and it sees you. Do not make eye contact. Slowly back away. Do NOT run. Let the bear know you are not a threat. Give it a way out.

If a bear approaches you, make yourself look bigger by lifting and waving arms. Use noisemakers, or yell at the bear. If small children are present, keep them close to you.

Carry and know how to use bear spray as a deterrent. In the event of a black bear attack, it is usually recommended to fight back. However, each situation is different. Prevention is the key.

Black bear attacks are rare in California and typically are defensive in nature because the bear is surprised or defending cubs; however, bears accustomed to people may become too bold and act aggressively.
Female black bears will often send cubs up a tree and leave the area in response to a perceived threat. Do not remain in the area – when you leave, she will come back for her cubs.

Ring, the owner of the Neighbors app, is a Patch advertiser. Patch received no compensation for this article.

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12 de diciembre de 2019

Seven Things to Know About California Bear Activity Right Now

Original source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/seven-things-to-know-about-california-bear-activity-right-now/amp/

Reports of wayward black bears are keeping the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) biologists, wildlife officers and other public safety personnel busy across the state this month. Numerous bears have recently been spotted in urban areas, occasionally requiring human intervention to return them back to wild habitat.

Below are some of the most common questions CDFW has received from the public and members of the media regarding these incidents.

(1) Has there been an increase in the number of bears entering residential areas?

There is a definite uptick in bear activity, which occurs every year around this time, all across the state. In most instances, we’re witnessing the dispersal of young male black bears. Young bears typically spend about two years with their mother, after which the mother chases off her young male offspring in the spring to fend for themselves. The behavior itself is not unusual for the time of year.

Nature provides these youngsters with the best chance of survival as they are turned out on their own at a time of year when food and water resources on the landscape are the most available and plentiful.

Black bears typically prefer remote, mountainous areas far away from people. Still, these young, dispersing male bears are learning to survive on their own for the first time and are out seeking new territory to call their own. They sometimes take a wrong turn or end up somewhere they are not supposed to be – in a residential neighborhood or in the middle of town, for instance – at which point CDFW and emergency responders will help return these animals to wild habitat if they can’t make it out on their own.

(2) The bear removed from a tree in downtown Napa last week was an adult weighing more than 200 pounds. What was that bear doing?

California’s black bears of all ages are waking up hungry from their winter downtime and are out actively searching for food. Adult bears may also be out searching for mates. There is more bear activity across the state this time of year and sometimes the adults end up in the wrong place, too.

The Napa bear stuck up a tree in the middle of the city was there because it was where it felt safest after being scared by its surroundings. The bear might have waited out the day and left undetected at night on its own except that it had been spotted and a large crowd had gathered under the tree. Fortunately, CDFW with help from the local fire department was able to tranquilize the bear, safely remove it from the tree, provide a quick health check, and release it to wild habitat once the tranquilizer drugs had worn off.

Even when bears are spotted in populated and residential communities, the bears will typically and happily find their way back to wild habitat on their own without any kind of assistance. Only when a bear becomes stuck in a situation where it can’t escape or is in danger of harming itself or others will CDFW typically intervene to remove the bear and safely return it to wild habitat.

(3) I saw on the news reports about bears in Vacaville and Rohnert Park. Are there really bears in the San Francisco Bay Area?

There are hundreds of thousands of acres of wild habitat in nearby Lake, Solano, Colusa, Sonoma and Napa counties where bears are present. The Knoxville Wildlife Area in Napa County, the lands around Lake Berryessa and the Cache Creek area provide wild habitat for bears and other wildlife. These rugged areas, however, are not that far from population centers in the greater Bay Area where dispersing and foraging bears could accidentally end up.

In some unfortunate cases throughout the state, black bears are being struck and hit by vehicles on the roadways. Drivers need to be particularly alert this time of year as wildlife of all kinds – bears, bobcats, deer, coyotes, foxes, among them – are on the move, out and about, and more active and visible than usual.

(4) Are these bears a public safety threat or a threat to my pets?

Black bears very rarely pose any kind of public safety threat and are not often a threat to domestic dogs and cats. For the most part, they do their very best to stay as far away from people as possible.

(5) What kind of bears are these?

California is home only to one species of bear – the black bear. Black bears, however, come in a variety of colors, including black, brown, blond and cinnamon.

(6) How can I help the bears?

Bears have a highly specialized sense of smell. The public can help bears stay out of human settlements and stick to their natural diet by properly disposing of leftover food and garbage and securing other attractants such as pet food so these dispersing bears don’t become acclimated to urban environments. CDFW’s Keep Me Wild: Black Bear webpage offers a number of other useful tips to keep the bears wild and safe.

(7) Who should I call to report a bear?

A black bear spotted while out hiking, camping or recreating in wild habitat is not necessarily a cause for alarm. Bears spotted in residential, suburban or urban areas should be reported to the nearest CDFW regional office during normal business hours. After-hours or weekend sightings should be reported first to local police or sheriff officers, who often can respond and secure a scene quickly and then contact CDFW as needed. In any kind of emergency situation, please call 911.

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