Tag: California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Sharing the forest smartly: “Be Bear Aware”

San Bernardino National Forest, May 15, 2013 – May is “Be Bear Aware” Month and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds the public to act responsibly in bear country. As black bears emerge from hibernation, their search for food often leads them into campsites and residential neighborhoods, where trash and food is readily available. Throughout spring and summer, CDFW receives many calls when bears break into homes, tents and trash bins. But CDFW Bear Program Manager Marc Kenyon reminds us that the mammals are only acting according to nature, and that it is human behavior that needs to change. “Our bear problems are human-caused,” he says. “By taking just a few precautions to secure food and trash, campers and residents can save themselves thousands of dollars in property damage, help protect their families from injury and save the lives of bears. Bears that become habituated to humans or conditioned to eating our food and trash often have to be killed.” Tips for Bear-proofing your Home, Rental or Timeshare: Bears have keen noses and can smell an easy meal from miles away. They can easily tear a front door off its hinges if they smell food left out on the kitchen counter. To protect your family and property from bear break-ins follow these simple tips: Purchase and properly use a bear-proof garbage container. Wait to put trash out until the morning...

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Clean-up of Cold Creek will be a slow process

Angelus Oaks, CA, April 28, 2013 – Highway 38 remains closed until further notice, as clean-up of a major fuel spill continues. The Public Information Officer for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Andrew Hughan, said, “We know it’s a real inconvenience for people to have the highway closed, but it’s imperative that we get as much fuel out of Cold Creek as possible. The only way to do that is to keep the highway closed until we and the CHP feel it’s safe for both crews and the public.” Cold Creek runs just 15 feet from Highway 38, providing unfettered access to the gas and diesel that spilled from a tanker after it overturned. A division of the CDFW, the Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response, called in 40 contractors immediately after the incident on April...

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