Category: Pets & Wildlife

Animal Care and Control Announces New Fee Schedule

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 19th, 2016 – A new dog licensing fee schedule for all unincorporated county areas and the cities of Big Bear Lake, Highland and Yucaipa will go into effect on July 1. County Animal Care and Control tries to keep fees as low as possible for county residents. Dog licensing fees for altered (spayed or neutered) dogs haven’t been raised since 2007. Although altered dog licensing fees will increase, discounts will still exist for senior citizens and persons with one or more disabilities who have altered pets. Proof of Spay/Neuter certificate and senior citizen or disability status are required to...

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NOAA Forecasts Extremely Hot Weather This Weekend

Big Bear, CA, June 15, 2016 – High pressure aloft over northern Mexico will strengthen and expand to the north and west bringing a strong warming trend for Friday through Sunday with excessive heat likely by Sunday for inland areas and possibly near the coast. The heat wave could extend past Sunday and Monday into the middle of next week, but that is less certain. The hot temperatures and the transition from below average to well above average high temperatures could cause heat stress or illness. The potential for heat illness will increase if this heat wave extends beyond Sunday and...

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Big Bear Alpine Zoo Relocation is On-Track

San Bernardino, CA May 24, 2016 – The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved the construction contract for the Big Bear Alpine Zoo Relocation Project with M.S. Construction Management Group. Without haste, the Zoo groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Friday May 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the new Zoo site. During Tuesday’s meeting, many local officials spoke in favor of moving the Zoo project forward. Mayor David Caretto, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jahn, Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo President, Kathy Greenwood, and Rick Herrick, NAY Foundation Chairman, were among the speakers who thanked Chairman James Ramos...

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Do Not Disturb Young Wildlife: If You Care, Leave Them There

Big Bear, CA, May 10, 2016 – It’s springtime again and young wildlife are emerging from their dens and nests and beginning to learn the ways of the world. Because of this increase in wildlife activity, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds people to leave young wildlife alone if they come across them in the wild. The improper handling of young wildlife is a problem in California and across the nation, especially in spring. “Each species cares for and trains its young in unique ways,” said Nicole Carion, CDFW’s statewide coordinator for wildlife rehabilitation. “Some animals, such as...

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Be Bear Aware

Big Bear, CA, May 5, 2016 – In spring, hibernating bears emerge from their winter slumber and begin an almost perpetual search for food. It is not uncommon for a black bear to consume up to 20,000 calories a day. Unfortunately, this search can sometimes lead bears into populated areas and conflicts with humans. “A bear’s nose is seven times better than a hound dog’s, and it will lead a bear to anything that is edible or smelly”, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Once a bear finds an easy food source, it will return again and again to the same location. Not only can bears get sick from ingesting trash, they can also become dangerous as they begin to associate humans with food. In order to keep bears in the wild and people safe, CDFW provides the following Bear Aware tips for people living in or visiting bear country. For residents, purchase and properly use a bear-proof garbage container and wait to put trash out until the morning of collection day. Don’t leave trash, groceries or animal feed in your car. Keep barbecue grills clean and stored in a garage or shed when not in use. Don’t leave any scented products outside, including non-food items like suntan lotion and candles. Harvest fruit off trees as soon as it is ripe, and promptly collect fruit that falls. For campers and hikers, store anything smelly...

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