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Foothill city of Monrovia struggles to deal with its bear population

January 6, 2010 |  7:45 am


Monrovia officials are looking into ways to deal with the foothill city's bear population after a jump in sightings this year.

According to a report from the Monrovia Police Department, the number of bear calls from residents grew from 120 in 2008 to more than 460 in 2009. Officials said they cannot explain the increase but that it doesn't necessarily mean more bears are roaming the city.

City leaders have asked their staff to look into ways to limit bear activity in neighborhoods, including possibly mandating bear-proof trash cans and limiting how long residents can leave their trash cans out. The idea of allowing electronic gates has also been talked about.

"I think definitely in May, June, July there was a massive, big increase," resident Eero Gathers told KTLA News. "I'd say it's the most we've seen in the entire five years that we've been here in those two to three months."

Monrovia City Councilman Joe Garcia added: "I think it's important to note that you need to have some kind of controls in place that make the residences in this community almost equally accountable as the bears should be."

--Shelby Grad

Photo: KTLA