Diario del proyecto Bears of Southern California

09 de diciembre de 2020

Rescued Southern California Bear and Her Cub Arrive at Their Forever Home

Original source: https://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/news/local-news/26848-rescued-southern-california-bear-and-her-cub-arrive-at-their-forever-home-the-black-beauty-ranch-the-humane-society-of-the-united-states-reports

By Mirjam Schippers, November 30, 2020

Murchison, TEXAS—A 6½ year old mama bear named Jackie and her 1½ year old cub Russell are now safe and in their forever home at the 1,400-acre Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas.

The duo recently arrived from southern California where they were rescued in 2019 by the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center—now called Project Wildlife Ramona. The mom and cub were becoming too comfortable near humans in a suburban California community and it was not safe for the bears or the public. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife relocated them 70 miles away, to the outside edge of their territory. After they returned and CDFW attempted two more relocations, the bears would have faced a dire outcome if the wildlife center did not take them in until a permanent sanctuary could be found.

Noelle Almrud, director of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, said, “Jackie and Russell can now safely live out their days here with no human interference. They are thriving—exploring their one-acre habitat, climbing trees, splashing in their pool and foraging in the leaves and grass. The duo already has their favorite trees—the huge oaks with plenty of branches for exploring. They can see and hear the other sanctuary resident bears—Sammi and Eve—in their own nearby habitats and their caregivers hear them all making calls to one another. It is an amazing happily ever after.”

Bears and other iconic wildlife are losing their natural habitat as suburban development expands across the country. Almrud said, “Wild animals are victims of humans encroaching on their world. Jackie and Russell almost lost their lives because of it. We encourage communities to take simple steps to co-exist with bears, which can be as easy as better managing outdoor trash cans so that animals and people can stay safe and leave each other alone.”

The Humane Society of the United States, whose affiliate the Fund for Animals operates Black Beauty Ranch, offers these tips on how to prevent conflicts with bears:

Make trash cans inaccessible. Bring them inside at night or buy a bear-resistant trash can or an enclosure for the container.

Enclose your compost pile. Open compost piles, especially those that include kitchen scraps, are an irresistible treat in bear country. Burying compost won’t work because bears will easily find and dig it up.

Recycle wisely. If you store recyclables outside, use enclosed or bear resistant bins. Persistent bears will break into even ruggedly built bins.

Keep your barbecue grill clean and as free of drippings as possible. Move the grill away from your house when you aren’t using it and clean it regularly with ammonia or bleach.

Rethink your bird feeders. In the summer, birds can make do with naturally available foods. If you do set up feeders, install them away from your house and be prepared to remove them if they become an attractant to hungry bears.

Communities experiencing bear problems can take important steps that educate residents on living with bears. That includes providing community-wide education and resources on being bear aware; removing attractants and requiring the use of bear resistant containers that secure garbage and recycling; instituting fines for residents who provide food that may condition bears to human food; and training field responders like police and animal control officers in aversive conditioning techniques and approaches to managing and correcting bad bear behavior.

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13 de noviembre de 2020

Large bear goes trick-or-treating in California

Original source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.upi.com/amp/Odd_News/2020/11/02/Large-bear-goes-trick-or-treating-in-California/9691604336941/

By Ben Hooper
Nov. 2, 2020 at 12:14 PM

A California resident's doorbell camera captured the moment of a visit from an unusual late-night trick-or-treater: a large bear.

The footage, recorded hours after the last trick-or-treaters visited the Monrovia home, shows the bear sniffing around the porch decorations, apparently seeking wayward pieces of candy.

The bear walks up to the door and sniffs before turning around to leave.

"Costumes this year are too good," the resident joked in a Twitter post.

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25 de octubre de 2020

Black bear found roaming in Los Osos transported safely to Los Padres National Forest

Original source: https://www.ksby.com/news/local-news/black-bear-spotted-roaming-neighborhood-in-los-osos

By: Ashton McIntyre

UPDATE (6 p.m.) - Officials with Fish and Wildlife have safely transported a black bear found roaming neighborhoods in Los Osos.

Wildlife officials say once the bear came down from a tree wildlife experts darted the bear, and it once again climbed up a tree.

After a short time, the bear fell from the tree and was determined to be uninjured after being checked by medical experts on the scene.

Wildlife officials were able to safely transport the bear to the Los Padres National Forest, letting it back free and safe into its natural habitat.

Wildlife officials say the bear quickly woke up once they arrived to the forest and had little time to determine whether the bear was a male or female.

Wildlife officials on scene say the bear did not sustain any injuries during its day-long adventure.


(12:35 p.m.) - Fish and Wildlife responded to reports of a black bear roaming through a neighborhood in Los Osos Thursday morning.

Wildlife officials responded to the reports at around 7 a.m. where the bear was seen swimming across the back bay in Los Osos. At around 8 a.m. the bear made it to land and starting walking the neighborhoods of Santa Ysabel Ave. and Pasadena Dr. Wildlife officials say at around 9 a.m. the bear was spotted in a tree on Pasadena Dr. taking a nap.

Wildlife officials say the bear is approximately 150 pounds, brown in color, and it is unknown at this time whether it is a male or a female.

As of 12 p.m. Fish and Wildlife officials are monitoring the bear as it naps high up in a tree. Their efforts are to watch the bear and ensure public safety. Wildlife officials say the bear does not pose any threat to the public.

Officials on scene with Fish and Wildlife say the goal is to make sure the bear is escorted into a more suitable habitat and see if the bear will make its way out of the area on its own.

The public is being asked to avoid the area if possible.

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24 de septiembre de 2020

(2014 Article) Bear Killed By Car on 101 Freeway

Original Source: https://www.toacorn.com/articles/bear-killed-by-car-on-101-freeway/

Published on May 22, 2014
By Sylvie Belmond

A black bear was struck and killed by a vehicle at around 10:20 p.m. Monday on the northbound 101 Freeway in Westlake Village.

The incident occurred near the Lindero Canyon Boulevard exit.

It appears the bear went through a fence and tried to cross the freeway. The driver who hit the animal contacted authorities. The person was not injured.

The bear was found dead in the northbound lane and had been hit several times, California Highway Patrol spokesperson Leland Tang said.

It was moved to the shoulder and the L.A. County Department of Animal Control was called in to remove the carcass. The animal was apparently heading south.

“There are no bears in the Santa Monica Mountains, but we know there is a fairly robust population in the Santa Susana Mountains,” said Kate Kuykendall, spokesperson for the Santa Monica National Recreation Area.

This is not the first time a bear was spotted in the Conejo Valley.

In late April 2006, a black bear that was spotted in the vicinity of Westlake High School was captured and tranquilized two days later near the Target store in Newbury Park. The animal was released in the mountains north of Ojai after sleeping off its sedatives.

In June that same year, the California Dept. of Fish and Game captured another bear near a culvert on Russell Ranch Road in Westlake Village. The juvenile black bear had been hiding before being lured into a trap. That animal was also released in the Los Padres National Forest.

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26 de agosto de 2020

Bear bites man working in orchard near Santa Paula; one of five attacks statewide in 2020

Original source: https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/2020/08/17/authorities-man-injured-encounter-bear-near-santa-paula/3387701001/

By: Cheri Carlson

A man was treated for minor injuries after a bear bit him as he worked in an avocado orchard near Santa Paula last weekend, authorities said.

The man, working on a local ranch near Aliso Canyon Road, had a bite wound and scratches, said Capt. Patrick Foy with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The agency was investigating the incident, which was reported shortly before noon Saturday.

"The bear approached the man unprovoked as far as we can tell and started to bite him," Foy said. "It bit him in the leg."

The man had a pair of pruning shears in his hand and started hitting the bear with the shears, according to Foy. Two others in the area heard the commotion, picked up whatever they could and also started to hit the bear, he said.

The bear then ran off.

Since, traps were set in the area, but as of Tuesday morning, the bear had not been caught.

A year ago, Foy would have said it "was extraordinarily unusual" to have a bear attack in California.

But so far this year, the agency has reports of five separate bear attacks, including in Kern and northern Los Angeles counties as well as the latest in Ventura County.

"It's unusual to have any bear attack let alone five," Foy said.

If the animal has caused an injury to someone, particularly in an unprovoked attack, officials said they need to remove the bear if possible.

Using a swab of the victim's wound, they try to collect microscopic traces of bear DNA to create a genetic profile of the animal. That genetic profile is then compared to DNA from any bear captured.

If a captured bear turns out to be the same one that caused the injury, it likely would be euthanized.

In a couple other cases earlier this year, the bear was shot and killed on scene, Foy said. A bear has not been located in an incident reported in Sierra Madre area in Los Angeles County a couple of months ago, he said.

In that case, a woman had fallen asleep in a chair outdoors around 9 p.m. and said she woke up to a bear biting her leg, Foy said.

Three bears were trapped in the vicinity of that bite incident, but none of the animals matched the genetic profile in the case. Two of the three were released and one died because of a complication with the tranquilizing drug, according to Foy.

Attacks are 'extremely rare'. Samples were collected from the victim's wound in Saturday's local case and sent to a lab on Monday.

While there have been five incidents this year, Foy said such incidents remain rare.

Typically, they happen when bears are surprised and agitated. The animals are defending themselves or cubs and react, said Vicky Monroe, Fish and Wildlife's conflict programs coordinator.

Some bears also can become habituated to people and start to associate human activity with access to food sources. Those bears can become bold.

A typical black bear exhibiting normal behaviors is more like a big scaredy-cat, Monroe said. They don’t like people and get easily stressed.

She once saw a yearling – not realizing that he was nearly full grown – stay up in a tree for hours not moving because of a barking Chihuahua.

"That’s the norm," she said. “Aggressive bear encounters are extremely rare."

A few factors may be influencing California’s black bears this year, including the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting normal patterns of outdoor recreation, according to Monroe.

First, people and the food they can leave behind disappeared as campgrounds and parks closed in some areas. Then, there was an upswing and higher numbers of people showed up in spots. Some left behind more litter and left out more food.

At the same time, bears experience something called hyperphagia this time of year. That's when the animals sort of shift gears metabolically speaking and gain weight to prepare for winter, Monroe said.

Most recently, she said, the heat wave and wildfires have added more impacts on wildlife.

Wildlife experts say people can take steps to try to limit any encounters with animals such as making sure garbage cans have secure lids, keeping domestic animals in enclosures from dusk to dawn and not leaving pet food outdoors.

If you encounter a bear and it sees you, Monroe suggested using stressors such as a noise maker, a whistle, clapping your hands, shouting or stomping your feet.

If you encounter a bear and it doesn’t see you, that’s where the surprise element can come into play. Back away slowly and increase your distance, she said. Then, make noise.

To report bear sightings, call the Fish and Wildlife department at 858-467-4201. For more information and tips, go to https://wildlife.ca.gov/keep-me-wild.

Cheri Carlson covers the environment for the Ventura County Star. Reach her at cheri.carlson@vcstar.com or 805-437-0260.

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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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