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Bear sightings prompt concerns in La Canada Flintridge

May 14, 2011 | 11:30 am

Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) on Friday announced that he would convene a public panel to discuss wildlife safety measures after several bear sightings in the foothills.

A California black bear reportedly ate four backyard chickens last month in La Cañada at a home on Bonita Vista Drive and was photographed by a resident on Alta Canyada Road.

La Cañada officials at the time said they had asked state wildlife officials to step up their presence in the area.

But a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game said the agency planned to continue its policy of not interfering with bears unless they become aggressive toward people or pose an imminent public safety threat.

Read the full report on bear sightings here.

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-- Jason Wells, Glendale News-Press / Times Community News

Photo: A bear makes its way back toward the Angeles National Forest last month from the backyard of a home on Bonita Vista Drive. Credit: Glendale News-Press

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