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Protect the Bears of Big Bear

Big Bear, Ca May 7, 2011 3:00 pm – The grizzly bears that named the Big Bear Valley are no longer with us, except at the Moonridge Animal Park.  Our local wild bears are the smaller and less aggressive black bears.  They are not small animals however, and will be aggressive enough for concern if they are protecting food or cubs.  Care should be taken when hiking, fishing, camping, and in your backyard to limit encounters with the bears, for your protection and the animal’s.  “Bears are constantly in search of easily obtainable food sources.” says Marc Kenyon, California’s Department of Fish and Game Bear Program Coordinator.  It is key to limit food odors that attract bears.  When camping, never keep food in a tent.  Store food and toiletries in air-tight containers away from your campsite.  Use bear-proof garbage cans or pack out trash to a secure location if not available in the campground.  Don’t burn or bury food waste.  Keep your area clean of anything that might smell good or be food for a bear.  “A bear’s fate is almost sealed once it associates human activity with potential food” continues Kenyon.  To protect the bears of Big Bear, do not feed or tempt them with human food....

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Enjoying Big Bear Wildlife

Big Bear, Ca April 23, 2011 12:00 pm – The Big Bear Valley is surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, over 676,000 acres of land set aside in 1907 for the preservation of the natural resources in the area.  Enjoying this wilderness area is the reason many residents and cabin owners choose Big Bear for their home.  Having a residence within the forest can require keeping the local wildlife in mind.  Difficulties between humans and their wild neighbors can occur when trash, garbage, pet food, or bird seed looks like an easy food source for the animals.  When wildlife enter neighborhoods, often the only way to keep them from returning is to destroy them.  The Department of Fish and Game says, “Nuisance or trash bears are not relocated!……the wishful thinking that a relocated animal will live happily ever after is often wrong……Wildlife need your help to Keep them Wild.”  Big Bear residents can keep the local animals from becoming used to human food by keeping trash secure inside enclosures or with locking lids, keeping garbage inside until pick up day, feeding pets indoors, stringing bird feeders out of reach, scraping and burning outdoor grills free of fat and pieces of food.  For more tips, go to the Keep Me Wild page of the Department of Fish and Game website. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30645.mp3|titles=Enjoying Big Bear...

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Earth Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center

This year’s Earth Day celebrations at the Big Bear Discovery Center on Saturday include something for the entire family.  The new mobile Forest Explorer van will be visiting, with interactive displays showing a healthy forest, as well as information for homeowners on how to thin trees in their yards and help to make neighborhoods firesafe.  A group of youth volunteers, including a local homeschool group will be offering ongoing solar oven demonstrations and crafts between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, and an adult volunteer will tell stories at 12:30 pm.  The regularly scheduled nature walks will are leaving the bronze grizzly in front of the Discovery Center at 1:00 and 2:00 pm and the Adventure Outpost store will be open for browsing between activities.  The Big Bear Discovery Center is on the north side of the lake at 40971 North Shore Drive, in Fawnskin.  Call 909-866-3437 for additional information. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP306421.mp3|titles=Earth Day 2011 at the Big Bear Discovery...

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Easter Egg Food Safety

Big Bear, Ca April 20, 2011 12:00 pm – Coloring, hiding, and hunting for eggs is a tradition for many families at Easter.  To make your holiday safe, remember several food safety tips.    If you choose to eat the eggs used in an egg hunt, it is important that they are not cracked, hidden in areas where dirt or bacteria may contaminate them, and that they are not out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours.  Use food grade dye and always wash your hands prior to preparing the eggs.  Immediately dispose of eggs that become cracked in the cooking or dying process, and any eggs that are found after 2 hours outside of the refrigerator.  To ensure safety, it may be easiest to make a separate set of eggs for decorating and hiding.  For a happy holiday, include food safety in your family traditions. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30624.mp3|titles=Easter Egg Food...

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Drivers Reminded to Drive Sober

Big Bear, Ca March 18, 2011 12:00 pm – The California Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to avoid using alcohol or drugs when they get in their cars.  Between 6:00 am and midnight tonight, the CHP will have a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint in the unincorporated area in the Big Bear Valley to ensure that drivers are heeding the reminder.  Drivers who are found to be under the influence of either alcohol or drugs can expect to be arrested.  The CHP’s goal is to make our roads safer for everyone.  The message is, if you want to arrive alive, don’t drink and drive. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30536.mp3|titles=CHP Reminds Drive...

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