Lake, Mendocino county residents report bears on their property

Some North Coast residents have lately gotten a startling reminder of the area’s wildlife after shut encounters with black bears on their property.

After reported sightings in Lake and Mendocino counties, specialists are reminding individuals of methods to hold the animals away and what to do if they arrive throughout a bear close to their house.

Final month, Eric Ahern of Clearlake Oaks wrote about seeing black bears close to his Lakeview Drive house in a submit to the Fb group Lake County Group Consciousness Ca.

Ahern’s first submit to the group on June 13 indicated three bears, a mother and two adolescent cubs have been on or close to his house. A month later, on July 19, Ahern posted that the bears have been again, this time with two new cubs in tow. Whereas these preliminary sightings elicited curiosity from Ahern, he stated an in depth encounter every week later left him shaking with concern.

“I used to be strolling up my drive strategy to get one thing from my automotive and I noticed motion 3 ft to my left on the opposite facet of my boat,” Ahern wrote within the July 26 submit. “I assumed it was a cat that has been hanging round nevertheless it was a 300 plus lb bear. 3 ft away perhaps 2 ft. Scarrryyy nonetheless shaking…”

Ahern additionally wrote that hours later, a distinct black bear was in his fenced yard round 2 a.m., adopted by a mountain lion sighting on his avenue round 4 a.m.

“Not one of the bears or the mountain lion confirmed any indicators of aggression, even the bear I practically ran into. However simply hold a watch out in your pets and be bear conscious after darkish,” Ahern wrote.

In the meantime, Mike Bradley of Fort Bragg advised MendoFever {that a} black bear was in his girlfriend’s yard on July 23. Bradley reported that the bear strolled by the 12 months, sniffed at some trash cans and left.

Based on Bradley, the property on Pearl Drive close to Digger Creek is a well-liked spot for bears, who assist themselves to a close-by apple tree and rummage for meals in rubbish cans.

Black bears have grow to be a extra widespread sight in Sonoma County and on the North Coast over the past decade, in line with Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Supervisor John Roney.

A 2015 picture of a mom and her cubs was the primary proof the Kenwood park employees had that black bears have been residing within the space full time, in line with Roney.

Roney is a member of the North Bay Bear Collaborative, a gaggle fashioned to analysis the rising bear inhabitants and educate the general public on methods to safely coexist with the animals.

“(Bears) are nonetheless very shy and afraid of people, and we’re hoping to maintain it that manner,“ he stated.

In recent times, bears have been noticed in Sonoma Valley and on the outskirts of Sebastopol and Cotati, and one made himself at house in a Petaluma tree final November.

Although feedback on Ahern’s Fb posts speculated that the bears have been coming nearer to houses resulting from drought circumstances, Roney stated the North Bay Bear Collaborative has discovered a good quantity of water excessive up within the hills, and the bears are extra probably drawn to the smells of rubbish and meals coming from houses.

If residents encounter a black bear close to their house, Roney recommends making loud noises, shouting or banging pots and pans collectively from a secure distance to scare the bear away.

“For those who hold the bears afraid or hesitant of being round people, it’s possible you’ll save their life,” Roney stated, including that bears who work together with people are extra usually killed slightly than relocated.

Residents also needs to take away gadgets from their yards which will appeal to bears, together with rubbish, chook seed or pet meals. If potential, rural residents ought to put their rubbish out for assortment within the morning slightly than the evening earlier than. Roney means that residents who elevate chickens or hold honeybees ought to shield them with electrical fencing. He additionally recommends that residents who hold water out for native wildlife run the danger of attracting bears.

“In the event that they’re coming into your yard daily and ingesting water and realizing these people aren’t so dangerous, the subsequent day they’re consuming your chickens and going into your trash,” Roney stated.

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