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15 de septiembre de 2021

Bear Spotted in Simi Valley Neighborhood

Original source (with video): https://ktla.com/news/local-news/bear-spotted-in-simi-valley-neighborhood/

by: Gene Kang
Posted: Aug 20, 2021 / 12:46 PM PDT / Updated: Aug 20, 2021 / 03:49 PM PDT

A bear has been spotted in a Simi Valley neighborhood, and some residents say the animal has been roaming the area for days and even wandered onto people’s properties.

One resident told KTLA that the bear — which is tagged and possibly a juvenile — appears harmless and is just looking for food and water as it goes through people’s trash cans and fruit trees.

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Bear Raiding Chicken Coop in Bradbury Shot and Killed

Original source: https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2021/08/24/bear-raiding-chicken-coop-in-bradbury-shot-and-killed/

By RUBY GONZALES | rugonzales@scng.com | San Gabriel Valley Tribune
PUBLISHED: August 24, 2021 at 5:12 p.m. | UPDATED: August 25, 2021 at 8:58 a.m.

A bear raiding a chicken coop in Bradbury over the weekend was shot by a resident, who was approached by the animal, and later euthanized by a state Fish and Wildlife official, authorities said.

The resident was justified in shooting the bear, said Capt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Under the Fish and Game Code, a bear can be taken to protect livestock, land, or property from damage. He didn’t know how many chickens the bear in Bradbury killed.

He said the female bear had two cubs with her. A biologist looked at surveillance video and determined they were old enough to make it on their own, he added.

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The Sheriff’s Temple station received a call about a wounded bear in the 1400 block of Lemon Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, sheriff’s Lt. J. Meza said. Deputies notified Fish and Wildlife.

“The bear was in the process of killing the resident’s chickens,” Foy said.

He said the resident heard a noise and armed himself with a rifle.

“As soon as the bear started to approach him, he shot it,” Foy said. “He went inside and called 911.”

Because the bear was mortally wounded, a Fish and Wildlife official euthanized the animal by shooting it, Foy said: “It’s instantaneous.”

Chickens attract bears, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions, Foy said, adding that there’s almost an incident a day in the state where wildlife goes after a chicken coop.

The city does get complaints about bears once in a while, especially in the summertime, said Bradbury City Manager Kevin Kearney. Mostly the reports are about bears in swimming pools or getting fruit from trees.

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12 de agosto de 2021

Bear Spotted In Porter Ranch Grocery Store

Original source for KCBS-LA video: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/5880808-bear-spotted-in-porter-ranch-grocery-store/

Text from NY post ( original source: https://nypost.com/2021/08/10/los-angeles-grocery-store-ralphs-has-bear-strolling-through/ )

By: Mark Lungariello, August 10, 2021

Many shoppers at the Ralph’s in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles weren’t too scared to shoot footage of the 125-pound wild animal which is chased out by some brave workers, images show.

Among those taking video was actress Tisha Campbell, known for her role as Gina in the Martin Lawrence-fronted sitcom “Martin.”

Campbell posted her encounter on TikTok and then filmed herself as she cautiously and anxiously heads to her car in the parking lot.

Inside her car, she comically expresses shock.

“It’s not like I’m in a secluded area, I’m in my f—ing local grocery store,” she says.

“I don’t know what this wild wildlife s–t is right now that’s going on with me. You know what? Stay the f–k away from me because who the f–k knows? A f—king hippo-motherf–king-potamus might pop out of no f–king where.”

The bear apparently wasn’t done shopping for the day.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife caught up with the animal at a Walmart nearby, KTLA reported. Officials tranquilized the animal and brought it to a safe location, the TV station said.

“Bears know that if they come down out of the mountains into a town, they’re going to find food,” department spokesman told KTLA.

“I thought the video was amazing,” resident David Balen told CBS Los Angeles. “I’m glad that nobody came in contact with the bear. Anything can happen.”

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09 de julio de 2021

Bears... Invading Populated Parts of California Because of Drought

Original source: https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/california-drought-bears-snakes-insects-b1874945.html

By: Clara Hill

A lack of rain throughout California and other neighbouring states has meant an increase in reports of bears, snakes and other creatures in urban settings.

They are venturing into human-dominated areas looking for water, after their usual locations have dried up due to droughts brought on by the climate crisis. The Pacific Northwest this week experienced scorching record-setting heat.

This not only poses problems such as the destruction of natural habitats leading to the possible wipeout of species, or the danger posed by large animals like bears, but scientists have also warned of the threat of potential new viruses from the issue.

Steve Searles of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said people shouldn’t fear for their safety from bears. "They’re highly adaptable and your front lawn is just a salad for them," he said to ABC 7 News.

Rebecca Barboza, a fellow biologist at CDFW, explained to the same news outlet why a bear might want to come to an area filled with humans.

"In the urban areas, we have 24/7 access to food, water and shelter, and if you think about it in the wild, a bear might give birth to one or two cubs and those cubs may not survive until adulthood because their resources are limited," she said.

In regards to snakes, animal control professionals have noticed increased sightings.

Lee Ramirez, the owner of Ramirez Rattlesnake Removal, told The Guardian, “I am busier than I have ever been. Complaints are coming in from all over the state.”

“Rattlesnakes are becoming more common in the places where we live, work and play,” he added. He said one call tasked him with catching more than 60 snakes.

Birds and insects have also been sighted coming further afield, with experts also citing poor water provisions in the wild due to drought.

“Because there’s limited water in the environment and everything is dry, the birds go looking for water and refuge,” Cameron Webb, an entomologist and tasked with investigating mosquitos carrying diseases for the CDC, told The Guardian. “You get this combination of factors that means not only are conditions suitable for mosquitoes, but also the birds that carry the virus are more likely to be in higher concentration closer to where people live.”

He said that mosquitos succeed in dry areas because the water becomes stagnant, and easier to breed on, saying, “fish and other other animals that live in system die and mosquitoes have free rein.”

The effect is has on other insects is similar to the ones it has on bears. They are more likely to come in or near your home to see if they have the provisions they need to survive, according to Mike Bentley, a scientist with the National Pest Management Association.

“Drought often drives pests into homes or other structures in search of these resources to survive,” he explained to The Guardian.

Other problems caused by droughts on the West Coast of the US include forest fires. 2019 was marked by a significant amount of forest fires, 6,872 according to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. These ripped through 252,321 acres of land. Alongside the human cost, such as deaths and property damage, they this also destroys the habits of various species of wildlife.

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Bear Takes Midnight Stroll Through Newbury Park

Original source: https://www.toacorn.com/articles/bear-takes-midnight-stroll-through-newbury-park/
July 09, 2021
By Dawn Megli

A young black bear was spotted roaming the streets of Newbury Park early Friday morning.

Police received reports of the animal being in the vicinity of the Borchard Skatepark shortly after midnight July 9, Sgt. Tim Lohman told the Acorn. He said Ventura County sheriff’s deputies followed the animal for about 45 minutes until it returned to open space.

He said the Department of Fish and Wildlife didn’t respond to the area because they only intervene if the animal poses a threat.

“The little bear had a complete tour of the neighborhood of Kimber/Fallbrook/Mayfield/Reino before heading through the Albertsons parking lot,” Newbury Park resident Jill Mahon told the Acorn.

Capt. Eric Buschow said bear sightings occur in the Conejo Valley “every once in a while.”

“I remember chasing one around Westlake a while ago,” he said.

Buschow said the bear was probably looking for water.

“The problem is with the heat and the drought there’s probably no natural sources of water, so he’s probably got to go sip off a sprinkler,” the captain said.

Bear sightings are not unheard of in eastern Ventura County. In May 2020, a 100-pound bear was spotted in Simi Valley before being tranquilized by Fish and Wildlife authorities and taken to a remote location in the Los Padres National Forest.

A black bear was spotted in Malibu Creek State Park in 2016 and another black bear was killed in 2014 on a 101 Freeway off-ramp in Westlake Village. There was another bear sighting in Westlake Village in 2006. That bear roamed the city for about five hours before it disappeared.

In May 2004, a bear was found in Agoura Hills wandering through yards and even lounging in a jacuzzi. In August of that year, another bear was found in a garage in Thousand Oaks near the 23 Freeway and the Reagan Library.

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Bear Attacks Group of Men on the 4th of July on Mount Wilson

Original source: https://www.foxla.com/news/bear-attack-mount-wilson
By Mary Stringini

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Calif. - Dramatic video shows a tense encounter between a bear and a group of men celebrating the Fourth of July on Mount Wilson.

According to the man who took the video, three men were waiting for the fireworks to start at Mount Wilson around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night when a small bear suddenly appeared from the bushes and attacked the men and their snacks.

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One of the victims was bitten by the bear, but his injury was said to be non-life-threatening.

The group was able to scare the bear away from their site after a roughly 30-second encounter.

FOX 11 has reached out to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and is waiting to hear back.

A day after the wild incident, FOX 11's Marla Tellez caught up with Kenneth Fregozo, one of the men who fought off the hungry cub, and his girlfriend Sonia Montiel.

"Are you going back there next July 4?" asked Tellez.

"Oh yeah," Kenneth responded.

"With no food!" Sonia playfully added.

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24 de mayo de 2021

Fire Hose Used on Bear Spotted Sleeping in Tree Inside Canyon Country Apartment Complex

Original source (see link for video): https://abc7.com/canyon-country-bear-wild-shadow-pines-in-tree/10652159/

Monday, May 17, 2021 2:48PM

CANYON COUNTRY, SANTA CLARITA (KABC) -- A bear that was spotted hanging out in Canyon Country over the weekend is now back in the forest.

Residents in the Shadow Pines area first got a glimpse of the bear on Saturday. On Sunday morning, the animal was spotted sleeping in a tree inside an apartment complex.

Firefighters hosed down the tree and coaxed the bear down, but it took off before it was eventually found, tranquilized and captured.

Game wardens and deputies carried the bear to a truck so it could be relocated to the Angeles National Forest near a water and food source.

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20 de mayo de 2021

Bear Sighted Outside Ridgecrest Walmart

Original source: https://www.ridgecrestca.com/story/news/2021/05/15/bear-sighted-outside-ridgecrest-walmart/5109191001/

BY: Jessica Weston, Ridgecrest Daily Independent
May 15, 2021

A male bear spotted Saturday morning in the southeast part of Ridgecrest was captured by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ridgecrest police said.

The bear was deemed safe, uninjured and apparently healthy, Capt. Aaron Tucker said. No one was injured in the noon time incident.

The plan was for fish and wildlife to release the bear in its proper habitat, Tucker said.

The bear — which appears to be a black bear — was first reported to the Ridgecrest Police Department around 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Tucker said.

Jon Wheeler was outside working on a chicken coop in his yard around that time when his dog alerted him that something was going on.

"I tucked my head around the corner and [the bear] was there. I went inside and got my camera and took some pictures." The bear then jumped the fence and walked off, Wheeler said. He described the bear as a chocolate brown-colored black bear.

Wheeler called the bear sighting in from his home in the county and was informed the Ridgecrest Police Department had received several calls.

Wheeler, a hunter, got within 20 to 30 feet from the bear while photographing it in his yard.

"I respect bears and I was not going to do anything that was going to provoke him or cause a problem," he said.

The bear was later spotted near the Ridgecrest Walmart Supercenter, which was briefly closed, according to a Walmart employee.

The bear was later located on private property, asleep in a tree.

Neighbors were alerted to the situation. Ridgecrest officers, Kern County Sheriff’s deputies, Bureau of Land Management and PACT volunteers joined forces to establish a perimeter around the bear while awaiting the arrival of fish and wildlife from Bakersfield.

"It is not uncommon for wildlife to wander into our area, always be safe. Call the police if you see a wild animal," Tucker said.

The story of the bear’s visit to Ridgecrest was popular online, with the bear developing a small fan club on Facebook.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife offers the following safety tips if you run across a bear:

If a bear breaks into your home, do not confront the bear. Most bears will quickly look for an escape route. Move away to a safe place. Do not block exit points. If the bear does not leave, get to a safe place and call 911.

If you encounter a bear in your yard, chances are it will move on if there is nothing for the bear to forage. If there is enough distance between you and the bear, you can encourage the bear to leave by using noisemakers or blowing a whistle.

If you encounter a bear while hiking and it does not see you. Back away slowly, increase your distance. Clap hands or make noise so the bear knows you are there and will move on.

If you encounter a bear on the trail and it sees you. Do not make eye contact. Slowly back away. Do NOT run. Let the bear know you are not a threat. Give it a way out.

If a bear approaches you, make yourself look bigger by lifting and waving arms. Use noisemakers, or yell at the bear. If small children are present, keep them close to you.

Carry and know how to use bear spray as a deterrent. In the event of a black bear attack, it is usually recommended to fight back. However, each situation is different.

Prevention is the key.

Black bear attacks are rare in California and typically are defensive in nature because the bear is surprised or defending cubs; however, bears accustomed to people may become too bold and act aggressively.

Female black bears will often send cubs up a tree and leave the area in response to a perceived threat. Do not remain in the area – when you leave, she will come back for her cubs.

(Source: https://wildlife.ca.gov/)

Note: this story has had multiple updates and has been edited for clarity

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10 de abril de 2021

(Northern CA) Mysterious Disease Killing Young California Bears in Tahoe. One symptom: Fearlessness

Original source: https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/article250247805.html

MARCH 27, 2021

The video of a small bear, its head tilted at an inquisitive angle, caught ambling up to a Tahoe snowboarder was the sort of clueless cuteness guaranteed to go viral.

But for scientists, it was just too cute to be true.

The bear cub was exhibiting behavior — fearlessness at being around humans — that’s been popping up in bears around the state, due to a mysterious lethal condition that causes their brains to become dangerously inflamed.

Scientists’ suspicions were confirmed when veterinarians gave the Tahoe bear an exam after it was captured not long after the snowboarder filmed it at the Northstar resort in Truckee in 2019. It had encephalitis, which can also be caused by a body’s immune system attacking itself.

State veterinarians say that in the past 12 months alone, officials have captured three other bears with the same condition, which biologists in California and Nevada have been documenting in the region’s black bears since 2014.

Bears normally shy away from humans. Even the densely populated bears in the Tahoe Basin that have lost much of their fear of humans and saunter down residential streets usually still take off when approached.

But these sick young bears don’t run away.

The most recent bear to come down with the condition was a 21-pound female that biologists captured last fall in Pollock Pines. The sickly, confused bear showed no fear of the humans who took pity on it and began feeding it. At one point, it hopped into an open car trunk, state wildlife officials said.

The bear, which should have weighed close to 80 pounds for its age, was covered in ticks when it was eventually captured and taken to the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s wildlife investigation lab.

Like almost all of the bears captured with the same symptoms, which include head tremors and a subtle head tilt, the bear was so sickly, veterinarians had to put it down.


The bears with the inflamed brains have been found on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe and as far away as Humboldt County.

The new viruses in some of the affected bears don’t appear to pose a risk to people, said Jamie Sherman, a veterinarian at UC Davis’ One Health Institute who’s studied bear diseases.

So far, whatever is sickening these bears also seems to have had little effect on California’s growing black bear population which in 1982 was estimated to be between 10,000 and 15,000 bears, and is now conservatively estimated to be between 30,000 and 40,000 animals.

Black bears are not endangered. The Tahoe region has some of the largest bear densities in the nation, and they live-year round alongside the vacation homes and campsites seeking human food and garbage.

The bears, which have increasingly been ransacking homes looking for easy meals, have a devoted local fanbase. The bears in Tahoe are so frequently seen, local animal lovers give them names and sometimes hold vigils when they die.

Sherman said that could be why many of the bears with brain inflammation are turning up in the Lake Tahoe region — symptomatic bears could simply be spotted and reported to biologists more often, unlike a bear in the woods that gets sick and dies far from people.

“What wildlife managers think about a lot is, when you’re in an area where animals are very charismatic, as well as having a high human population that’s invested in that population, the symptoms are more likely to be seen,” she said.

But that being said, Sherman did caution that the way the bears live in the Tahoe Basin — lots of bears living in close proximity, sharing bodily fluids at the same food sources — are the sorts of conditions that allow diseases to spread faster among a population.

That they live close to humans also increases the possible risk of a virus jumping the species barrier, a concern that became much more in the public consciousness after early reports linked the virus that causes COVID-19 with Chinese “wet markets,” places where wildlife are bought and sold.

But Sherman said a recent study on the bear disease found little risk of that so far.

“The viruses that they detected in these bears were not ones particularly known to affect humans,” Sherman said.

Sherman noted that wildlife, pets and livestock have a host of viruses unique to those individual species that have never jumped to people.


Still, she said it pays to be careful around bear bodily fluids.

Tahoe homeowners who’ve had a bear break-in report that they often find the house slathered in bear saliva, urine and feces, and sometimes blood as the bears rummage around looking for food.

Sherman advised anyone cleaning up such a mess to wear rubber gloves and possibly a face shield if there’s a risk of spatters, and use a 10-percent bleach solution for cleaning.

“Essentially, I think that it should be the same risks that you would take cleaning up any bodily fluids,” she said.

Luckily for the bear caught on camera sniffing the snowboarder’s pant leg, the condition wasn’t so severe it had to be put down.

The bear, now 3, has since been named Benji, and moved to the San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Campus. But it never fully recovered and needs constant veterinary care. State wildlife officials called it a cautionary tale.

The bear would never survive if it was released back into the wild, and now Benji could require a lifetime of treatment, a costly prospect that means he’s taking up space and resources that could be used to treat other animals that do have a shot of someday returning to their natural homes.

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07 de abril de 2021

(Northern CA) California Bear Cubs Developing Unexplained Illness That Makes Them Unafraid of Humans

Original source: https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/california-bear-cubs-developing-unexplained-illness-that-makes-them-unafraid-of-humans-1.5368590

By: Brooklyn Neustaeter
March 30, 2021

TORONTO -- Scientists are warning about an unexplained neurological disorder found in black bear cubs in California that causes the animals to exhibit uncharacteristic and overly friendly behaviours.

But they aren't sure why this is happening.

According to a press release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), four cubs in the past 12 months have shown "dog-like" behaviours, including being comfortable around humans.

The CDFW says it encountered one of these bears last month -- a small, female black bear – in Pollock Pines, east of Sacramento.

The CDFW was alerted to the bear after it had moved into a residential backyard.

A biologist with the department reported that the bear was lethargic, underweight, and showed no fear of people, picking up apples and eating them in front of the residents on their backyard patio.

The CDFW said the bear did not respond to the people yelling or clapping, and at one point jumped into a housekeeper's open car trunk.

"Physically and mentally, the bear just didn’t seem quite right, walking oddly, dull and not responsive like a normal bear should be," the department said in the release.

According to the release, the bear was taken to CDFW’s Wildlife Investigations Laboratory for observation by veterinarians. They reported that the cub displayed "intermittent head tremors" and a subtle head tilt, which are "troubling signs of neurological abnormalities."

According to preliminary findings, scientists say the behaviours are linked to encephalitis, or inflammation in the brain.

However, the CDFW says the root cause of the inflammation "remains a mystery."

While scientists aren’t sure what's causing the encephalitis, they’ve identified five new viruses in the sick bears, though the department says their relationship to the condition and the neurological disorders aren’t clear.

The CFDW previously told The Sacramento Bee that the viruses don’t appear to be a risk to humans.

Officials in Nevada were first to notice the abnormal behaviours in bears, alerting wildlife colleagues in California in 2014 to growing human encounters in the Tahoe Basin with young black bears.

The CDFW says the situation has become more common elsewhere around the state.

One bear with these symptoms gained attention on social media in 2019 when it approached a snowboarder at the Northstar ski resort. In a video shared to Instagram, the bear is seen stepping onto the snowboard and sniffing the snowboarder's pant leg.

That bear, named Benji, was treated for the disorder at the San Diego Humane Society's Ramona Campus. He is now three-years-old and continues to live at the campus.

Despite this, the CFDW says Benji's story is "something of a cautionary tale" as he has never fully recovered and has required "significant veterinary care" over the years.

CDFW wildlife veterinarian Brandon Munk said in the release that it is "not possible" for these neurologically impaired bears to be released back into the wild, for fear of spreading the disease to other animals.

"At this point, we don’t know what causes the encephalitis so we don’t know what, if any, health risks these bears might pose to other animals," Munk explained.

Munk said that having the bears live the rest of their lives out at a zoo or wildlife sanctuary is a rare scenario, as care expenses are difficult for many wildlife facilities to take on and limit placement options.

"The few bears like this we have placed do not seem to fully recover, some requiring significant medical management for the life of the bear, which is a huge burden for these facilities that often operate on tight budgets," he said.

The female black bear found in Pollock Pines was euthanized. The CDFW says a post-mortem examination is underway.

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