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Authorities on alert for increased bear sightings

June 8, 2010 |  1:18 pm

It's already been a busy spring for animal control officials who have been capturing wayward bears. Now, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that there could be increased bear sightings as the temperatures rise.

The bears apparently wander into residential areas in the summer months to forage for food and bathe in http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0120a68d747e970b-600wiswimming pools. Residents in Duarte and Monrovia have already reported increased sightings, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune noted.

"Typically as the weather warms up, they start coming down," said Sgt. Tony Haynes of the Sheriff's Department's Temple Station. "As the weather does climb a little bit, their activity definitely increases."

Bears have also recently been spotted in Porter Ranch and Oxnard.

Jackson protests: At a rally to marking the anniversary of the pop star's death, fans of Michael Jackson will express their outrage at the treatment that the LAPD is giving Dr. Conrad Murray, reports Dennis Romero of LA Weekly.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef01157065d554970c-800wiRomero writes that the Michael Jackson Death Conspiracies Group wants "the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the investigators in the Jackson case -- to probe why Murray, Jackson's doctor, has allegedly received kid-glove treatment after being accused of giving the pop star a fatal dose of a powerful drug."

The group's Facebook page has more than 7,350 friends. The rally begins at Staples Center at 11 a.m. on June 26 and will continue with a march to the Police Department's robbery-homicide division.

BP under fire in Long Beach: In other protest news, a national campaign to "Seize BP" will come to Long Beach on Wednesday for a rally outside the Aquarium of the Pacific, which recently unveiled a BP Sea Otter Habitat funded with a $1-million donation from the oil company.

Organizers are demonstrating against British Petroleum in more than 50 cities across the country. The OC Weekly quotes organizers:

"The Aquarium, which claims its mission is 'to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems' took $1 million from oil criminals BP and just unveiled the 'BP Sea Otter Habitat.' This sickening double-standard shows utter bankruptcy of the Aquarium's leadership and attempts to provide cover for BP's crimes."

The Times' first reported on the conundrum facing the aquarium in a story last month: "BP oil spill poses PR dilemma for nonprofits."

--Kimi Yoshino

Kimi Yoshino is a Times assistant city editor. Have news for Linking L.A.? Send it to newstips@latimes.com.

Photos: Bear in tree. Credit (Los Angeles Times); Michael Jackson. Associated Press