Boaters Can Help Combat Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Memorial Day Weekend

Big Bear, CA, May 28th, 2016 – California agencies combating the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain cautious over Memorial Day weekend. Quagga and zebra mussels are invasive freshwater mussels native to Eurasia. They multiply quickly, encrust watercraft and infrastructure, alter water quality and the aquatic food web, and ultimately impact native and sport fish communities. These mussels spread from one body of water to another by attaching to watercraft, equipment and nearly anything that has been in an infested waterbody. To prevent the spread of these mussels and other aquatic invasive species, people...

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Watch Out For Wildlife!

San Bernardino National Forest, September 17, 2013 – Many mountain residents have heard of drivers accidentally hitting deer or bears on local highways, but here are some startling statistics: In 2010, there were over 1,800 wildlife-vehicle collisions statewide, causing approximately $1 billion in property damage (per the California Highway Patrol). Nationally, an estimated 1.5 million animals are hit annually, causing over 200 human fatalities, according to Defenders of Wildlife. “Watch Out for Wildlife Week” runs through September 22, and is promoted by Caltrans, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis, in an effort to improve safety for travelers and wildlife alike. Craig Stowers, CDFW’s Deer Program Coordinator, points out, “Many deaths, injuries, and costly vehicle repairs could be avoided if drivers would just pay more attention, be aware of when animals are most active and be prepared to react safely if an animal moves onto the road.” Caltrans and CDFW offer a few tips for motorists: Be particularly alert when driving in wildlife areas. If you see an animal cross the road, know that another may be following. Don’t litter. It could entice animals to venture onto the road....

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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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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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