Category: Pets & Wildlife

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...

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The Big Bear Alpine Zoo Reaches an Important Step

Big Bear Lake, CA 1/22/16 – The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District has announced that on January 13th, bids for the new Big Bear Alpine Zoo were opened.  There were a total of eight bids submitted and the District has reported there was one apparent low bidder.  Further, they went on to say that once the bids are reviewed and deemed qualified that they will release more details.   This was the second bite at the apple for the contractor’s, as on November 19, 2015 the eight bids were received but all needed to be rejected because...

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20th Annual Run for the Grizzlies – A Motorcycle Poker Run

Big Bear Lake, CA September 7, 2015 – The friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo invite you to their 20th Annual Run for the Grizzlies on September 12, 2015 from 9am to 4pm.  This year’s event will be held at 630 Bartlett Rd in the Village, behind the Chamber of Commerce.  This is an annual fundraiser supporting the Big Bear Alpine Zoo’s grizzly bears.  They plan to use the funds to help build a modern habitat for their family of bears after relocating the zoo to a larger property. The event will be open to the public and all motorcycles are welcome.  There will be opportunity drawings, silent auctions, prizes, a Chapter Challenge, vendors, live music, and the BBQ and drinks will be provided by their co-host, Chad’s Place.  There will be seven poker stops around Big Bear Lake, including a stop at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo to visit the grizzlies. Registration will be from 9:30am to 12pm Saturday September 12, 2015 at 630 Bartlett Rd, or online at www.RunForTheGrizzlies.com.  Tickets are $30 for the first rider and just $25 for the second rider, and will include a Poker Run Pin and T-Shirt. You can learn more about this event by calling 909-878-4200 or emailing info@fobbaz.org....

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First Death From West Nile Virus Confirmed

San Bernardino County, CA, August 18, 2015 – San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has confirmed the first death from West Nile Virus in 2015. A total of five WNV cases have been confirmed within the County this year. San Bernardino County reported eight confirmed cases at this time in 2014 with no deaths. Throughout the state, there are 36 confirmed WNV cases so far this year. This amount exceeds the California five-year annual average of 23 cases. “We continue to see an increase of West Nile Virus activity throughout the county and therefore, we strongly encourage that the public takes appropriate precautionary measures to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer. “People over 50 years old should be especially cautious, as they are more likely to develop serious illness if they contract the virus.” WNV is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of the virus may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms. However, some people may develop severe symptoms which can lead to brain inflammation or paralysis. The most effective way to avoid WNV infection is to prevent mosquito bites. Residents can protect themselves from mosquito bites by taking the following precautions: • DAWN and DUSK – Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are...

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After Christmas Safety Tips

Big Bear, CA, December 26, 2014 – As you go about your post-holiday clean up, keep in mind that you should never burn wrapping paper or your Christmas tree in the fireplace. The rapid burning and excessive heat can damage the firebox and chimney creating a serious fire hazard. Discard your tree soon after Christmas before it becomes a tinder dry fire hazard and don’t put it in your garage or lean it against your house. Burglars know that many households have new, and expensive items in their homes following Christmas. Don’t advertise what you’ve received by leaving boxes that identify your new gifts outside by your garbage cans. Break down the boxes and keep them inside until the evening before your regular garbage pick-up. It’s also a good time to update, or create, your home inventory by taking pictures or video of everything in your home. If you are burglarized, insurance claims are much easier to file if you have a detailed inventory. Keep stockings as well as Christmas left-overs out of your pet’s reach. Most people know that chocolate can be toxic to your pets, but onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, and candy, especially sugar-free candy, can also be toxic to your furry friends. And remember that turkey and chicken bones can cause internal damage to your pet. Also, holiday plants such as poinsettias, mistletoe, holly, and lilies...

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