Disclaimer: The author does not claim to be an expert in the field, but the article is based on credible sources.
The sheriff's department shared a video of a Bear getting his lunch in the suburbs of Los Angeles County and warned the local residents to be on the lookout as the encounters might become common as temperatures are rising. On Thursday, the Crescenta Valley Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department obtained video of a bear standing only one paw from the front door of a residence in the region's suburbs.
The Crescenta Valley Police Station shared the video on its official Twitter account and advised neighboring communities that the encounters would become more regular as the season progressed.
"With the temperatures warming up, bear encounters in the foothills will become more common. Today, this bear found what appeared to be a pumpkin for its lunch"
The foothills, like where this black bear was allegedly spotted by the sheriff's department, are a pretty common place for these hibernating wanderers to amble into, especially since, as the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) notes, some have become accustomed to the presence of humans and may exhibit less fearful and avoiding behavior toward humans as a result.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recommends the following precautions, which they say won't ensure a bear won't come wandering into your garbage cans but should help reduce the chances.
- Do not toss food scraps out into the yard.
- Purchase and properly use a bear-proof garbage container.
- Wait to put trash out until the morning of collection day.
- Do not leave trash, groceries, or pet food in your car.
- Keep garbage cans clean and deodorize them with bleach or ammonia.
- Keep barbecue grills clean and stored in a garage or shed when not in use.
- It is advised to not hang bird feeders in bear country. If you must, only do so during November through March and make them inaccessible to bears. Keep in mind bears are excellent climbers.
- Do not leave any scented products outside, even non-food items such as suntan lotion, insect repellent, soap, or candles.
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