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Foothill communities forum deals with wandering-bear issue in wake of Station fire

May 25, 2011 | 10:32 am

Bear sighting

Driven by conditions after the Station fire, more bears are venturing into foothill neighborhoods in search of food, but officials told residents at a community meeting that human contact is rare.

California Department of Fish and Game Lt. Marty Wall offered tips to two dozen residents who attended the Thursday forum organized by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) after several bear sightings had been reported in the area.

Wall said grass and brush growing in clearings created by the Station fire provide good springtime foraging for black bears. But he said the dry chaparral typical of the foothills doesn’t offer enough food, so bears come into residential areas to check out fruit trees, garbage cans, dog bowls, koi ponds and backyard barbecues.

A La Cañada resident on Bonita Vista Drive said a black bear ate four of her backyard chickens. Another resident photographed a bear on Alta Canyada Road. People at the meeting also reported sightings off Ocean View Boulevard and elsewhere in the region.

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-- Bill Kisliuk, La Canada Valley Sun / Times Community News

Photo: A bear makes its way back toward Angeles National Forest on Thursday after spending most of the night dining on chickens in the backyard of a home on Bonita Vista Drive. Credit: John Peterson / For Times Community News

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