Friday, January 20, 2012

Bear Program

Sierra Club plans program on local bear history - Noted wildlife biologist Kevin Brennan will present "Grizzlies and Black Bears in the San Gabriel Mountains" at 7:30 PM Wednesday January 25, at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Drive.

Sponsored by the Sierra Club Forest Committee, the program will trace the history of the mighty grizzly bear that used to dominate local mountains and valleys.

Brennan, who has worked for the past 20 years with the California Department of Fish & Game, will also discuss the history and habits of the black bear, the successor to the grizzly that now roams our neighborhoods and hot tubs, and how humans can best live near the black bears of the San Gabriels. The public is welcome. Reception and refreshments are at 7:00 PM, the program begins at 7:30 PM.


MaryEllen said...

Darnit, I forgot to go to this. Did anyone in the Meadows go, and was there any useful information?

Anonymous said...

I didn't go, but I have a book on the history of the San Gabriel Mountains, and there's a section on how grizzlies used to be pitted against bulls to the death in the early days when The Gabrielinos flourished here. The Native Americans weren't responsible, as I'm sure you know. It was the settlers who feared the grizzlies and would draw these ferocious pictures of how they appeared to them. It's hard to imagine The Crest having grizzlies, isn't it? They apparently thrived in East Fork and adjacent Bear Canyon, hence the name.