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Foothill city of Monrovia struggles to deal with its bear population


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

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The bears were there long before people were and are wild animals so how can they be held accountable. Its important to treat them with respect and in awe, not everyone gets to see wild life up close and besides these bears dont seem to be domescitized

Maybe its cause of the recent fires?

When a meteor hit outside the city of Duarte, a mysterious invisible cloud covered the town, forcing the citizens to flee underground. In this mysterious invisible cloud was a chemical that enabled bears to evolve and fill the void left by humans. And within two weeks, they had established Bear City. Although they couldn't talk, the bears went about their lives just like man had done. The only humans left in Bear City were two brave children. And they were quickly eaten by bears.

Bear proofing all trash cans and dumpsters should have been done already instead wasting time talking about it...this is always a good step since most bears that venture in human terriority do so in search of food and dumpsters are a cheap and very easy opportunity for them to score food! This dumpster diving usually results in wild bears losing there natural fear of humans, and then you have a problem bear that needs to disposed of when that shouldn't be the case. That is why in many towns in bear areas there is a saying of "A FEED BEAR IS A DEAD BEAR"

They really need to adopt what is standard bear control practices in mountain towns with bear issues such as Mammoth Lakes and Lake Tahoe The Monrovia PD really needs to call the Mammoth Lakes PD and speak with Steve Searless who is a expert in bear control and dealing with problem bears so that they cross the line of having to be shot by Fish and Game.

Let the bears pay the bear tax. I pay the Homer tax.

Feed the bears , they are hungry,
and people will come to your town to see them


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