Journal archives for June 2020

June 21, 2020

Bear Attacks Woman Who’d Been Sleeping in Sierra Madre Backyard

Original Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-18/bear-attacks-woman-whod-been-sleeping-in-sierra-madre-backyard%3f_amp=true

By Colleen Shalby

A young woman who had fallen asleep in her Sierra Madre backyard awoke to the sight of a bear earlier this week, and the encounter quickly turned violent, state Fish and Wildlife officials said.

The animal began to scratch and bite the woman, who has not been identified, and she struck the bear with her laptop, Capt. Patrick Foy told KABC-TV Channel 7.

When she and the bear broke contact, she was able to run inside to safety.

The bear’s DNA was collected from the woman’s wounds and will be compared with samples taken from a bear that was trapped in the area the day after Monday’s attack, officials said. If the DNA matches, the trapped bear “would be euthanized in the interest of public safety,” Foy said.

Bear sightings are not uncommon in the Sierra Madre area, which sits at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. While residents there and in nearby foothills have routinely spotted bears in swimming pools and wandering neighborhood streets, attacks are rare, officials said.

In this instance, Foy said the bear had not been provoked.

“They didn’t provoke the animal. They didn’t get between the animal and its cubs. They didn’t attract it inadvertently with the strong odor of food,” he told CBS-TV Channel 2. “This person was asleep with a laptop in her lap and was doing nothing that would be argued as inadvertently attracting this bear.”

Last June, an adult black bear scratched a man on his Sierra Madre property. Fish and Wildlife biologists concluded that the female bear had acted in defense of itself and its nearby cub. The bear had wandered onto the property, when the man’s dog challenged it. The man intervened and was scratched in the process.

Both the mother and cub were released back into the wild.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife has a list of suggestions for bear-proofing a home, which includes the recommendation that residents avoid confrontations with bear that break into houses and gives it an escape route to safely leave. Residents are also advised to block access to potential hibernation spots, such as crawl spaces.

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June 22, 2020

Bear Spotted for Second Time in Lompoc

Original Source: https://www.ksby.com/news/local-news/bear-spotted-for-second-time-in-lompoc

By: KSBY Staff

A large bear paid another visit to Lompoc, after it was captured and released in May.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said they received reports of a bear roaming on North H St. around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Video circulating on social media shows the bear digging through the trash can outside of Vons.

A wildlife officer responded and followed the bear into the riverbed east of town where it disappeared into a wooded area, according to CA Fish and Wildlife.

Officials said this bear is the same bear that was captured, tagged and released south of Lompoc on May 12th.

The bear had been seen near Gaviota a few weeks ago and appears it traveled back to Lompoc, wildlife officials said.

There were no reports of damage or aggressive or threatening behavior from the bear.

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