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Black bear eats backyard chickens in La Cañada Flintridge; more patrols sought

May 1, 2011 |  9:33 am

A bear makes its way back toward the Angeles National Forest

La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander on Friday said he has asked state wildlife officials to expand their presence locally due to a large number of bear sightings in the area.

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

"After speaking with representatives from the Department of Fish and Game, we advised them that there is community concern in regard to the bear, and we're looking for ways the Department of Fish and Game can be more proactive to try to resolve this problem," Alexander said.

Andrew Hughan, spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game, said the agency plans to continue its policy of not interfering with the bear unless it becomes aggressive toward people or otherwise poses an imminent threat to public safety.

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-- Joe Piasecki, Glendale News-Press / Times Community News

Photo: A black bear in La Cañada Flintridge. Credit: For Glendale News-Press