Tag: black bears

Wildlife in the Big Bear Valley

Big Bear, CA, Sept. 6, 2014 – Wild animals are a fairly common sight in the Big Bear Valley and surrounding mountains. Squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, and even coyotes are seen every day. There are other animals that we share our home with that we are rarely lucky enough to see. Big Bear was named after the huge Grizzly Bears that roamed the valley in the 1800s. The Serrano Indians lived in harmony with the mighty Grizzly and thought of these animals as grandfathers. Sadly, by the turn of the century, the miners, loggers, and cattle ranchers who came to the San Bernardino mountains had killed the last of the Grizzlies. However, years later the smaller, less aggressive Black Bear was introduced into the mountains and can be seen quite frequently raiding trash cans and bird feeders. Some of the more secretive animals include the Bobcat and the Mountain Lion or Cougar. Both cats are very shy and will avoid confrontations with humans if at all possible. The Bobcat is the smaller of the two weighing about 20 pounds whereas the Mountain Lion can reach more than 8 feet in length and weigh more than 160 pounds. One of the most commonly seen and heard residents of Big Bear is the Coyote, but within the dog family we also have the Gray Fox. Foxes live in family groups while their...

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Be Bear-Aware

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, July 22, 2013 – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding residents across the state to be bear aware. Bears are more commonly found in residential areas toward the end of summer or right before hibernation in the fall months. But a healthy bear population and a dry winter and spring may be attracting bears to urban environments earlier than normal. Over the last few months, bears have been observed in  residential areas, including areas where they have not been present for many decades. CDFW’s state bear program coordinator, Marc Kenyon, encourages residents to be extra diligent securing their trash and bear-proofing their homes, saying, “We want Californians to enjoy bears. However, we don’t want bears to become reliant on food intentionally or otherwise provided by people.” The black bear is the only species in California, and there are about 30,000 of them in the state. CDFW recommends the following safeguards for businesses and homeowners: Purchase and properly use a bear-proof garbage container. Wait to put trash out until the morning of collection day. Don’t leave trash, groceries, or animal feed in your car. Keep garbage cans clean and deodorize them with bleach or ammonia. Keep barbecue grills clean and stored in a garage or shed when not in use. Don’t leave any scented products outside — even non-food items such as...

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Protect the Bears of Big Bear

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