Monday, May 13, 2013

Advisory: It's Hot and the Bears are Back in the Foothills. What's a Human To Do? Be Bear Aware:

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Advisory: It's Hot and the Bears are Back in the Foothills. What's a Human To Do? Be Bear Aware:
Hi Bel-Air Association,
It is always wise to give a bear as much room as you possibly can. If you see a bear in a residential community, leave the area and call 9-1-1.

Bears don't want to play, they just want humans to go away.

Gatherings of people watching the bears, smelling like humans and making noises scare the bears. Once scared, they just want to go home to the forest. You can help them by going home too. Bears are wild animals and unpredictable. Mama bears are especially protective of their cubs. Did you know Black Bears can sprint up to 35 miles per hour?

#BeBearAware #BearRun It's Not a Bear Problem, It's a People Problem.
Here are some brief videos from the California Department of Fish and Wildfire about the bear nears you:

Encounters with Black Bears have been numerous over the past fifteen years. Foothill neighborhoods are especially apt to have bear visitors during summer and fall months during years when there it is hot and not a lot of rainfall. Eating from fruit trees and drinking from and swimming in pools, spas and ponds are activities which will most likely increase if the bear populations continue to increase.
The Black Bears were introduced into the San Gabriel Mountains in 1933. They are all descendants of 11 bears deported from Yosemite National Park for being troublemakers.

Be Bear Aware - Project WILD, California Department of Fish and Game

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Keep Me Wild - More Great Bear Facts from California Dept. of Fish & Game:

Bears and other animals are attracted to anything edible or smelly.
Store garbage in bear-proof containers, or store garbage in your garage until pick-up.
Keep food indoors or in airtight and odor-free containers.
Put away picnic leftovers; clean BBQ grills.
Keep pet food inside, and bird feeders away.
Pick up fallen tree fruit as soon as possible, or protect fruit trees with electric fencing.
Remove cosmetic fragrances and other attractants, including bird feeders and compost piles.
Install or request bear-proof trash containers.

Keep a close watch on children, and teach them what to do if they encounter a bear.
While hiking, make noise to avoid a surprise encounter with a bear.
Never keep food in your tent.
Store food and toiletries in bear-proof containers or in an airtight container in the trunk of your vehicle.
Keep a clean camp by cleaning up and storing food and garbage immediately after meals.
Use bear-proof garbage cans whenever possible or store your garbage in a secure location with your food.
Never approach a bear or pick up a bear cub.
If you encounter a bear, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to appear as large as possible.
If attacked, fight back.
If a bear attacks a person, immediately call 911.
When wild animals are allowed to feed on human food and garbage, they lose their natural ways – often resulting in death for the animal.
Please respect and protect wild animals.
Keep them wild.

Living with California Black Bears (From the CA Dept. Fish & Wildlife):

Before you leave on your hike, please fill out the HIKING PLAN sheet and provide to a loved one to hold onto just in case something happens to a member of your hiking/camping expedition. Or, if you know someone going on a hike, ask them to fill out this easy form, so that it will help your mind at ease. You can download the form by visiting:

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