Thursday, September 09, 2010

Active Bear in The Meadows

Over the past week, a bear has been very active in our neighborhood. 

Last night, he left some evidence (think about it) after turning over trash cans on the 4200 block of Aralia.

He's been seen eating figs on Rising Hill, sitting in the middle of the street on Rising Hill, at the cul-de-sac on El Prieto and turning over trash cans higher up on El Prieto.

Most of the occurrences have been in the middle of the night, but also as early as 9:00 p.m.

If you're able to keep your trash cans in a garage, that would be helpful.  If not, one tip is to freeze any food you're going to throw in the trash and put it in your trash cans the night before pick-up.  That way, the bear can't smell the food.

Just thought I'd post so that everyone can stay safe.


Kathy said...

Another brown bear sighting. My wife arrived home at 11pm tonight (Friday) in the 4300 block of Risinghill Road. There was a small brown bear sitting at the end of our driveway. It wandered off heading up the hill.
Al Killebrew

MaryEllen said...

I think this bear is getting a little too acclimated to people. He's getting bolder and bolder, and when he grows up, he could develop into a 'problem bear', and that wouldn't be good for him or for us. Would anyone be interested in attending a presentation/talk by a Fish and Game officer about how to co-exist with bears in a way that is safe for us and safe for them? I will set it up if there is interest.

Anonymous said...

MaryEllen, I totally agree with you that this bear is getting a little to comfortable with humans, dogs, trash cans and backyard fig trees! Poor guy has lost much of his habitat - but getting too domesticated = dead bear, and we don't want that. I am happy to go to the presentation with you.....but it is more critical to inform the people who are getting visited by the bear. I hate to say it, but I wonder if we should be trying to scare it back into the forest, away from our homes? I LOVE having a bear in the neighborhood, but it is NOT in the bear's best interest. J. Szabo