I had every intention of telling you more about my wildlife “home invasion” incident, follow-up from my last post. But not tonight. It was a busy day with triple digit heat, and I don’t have what it takes to compile my photos.
And anyway, another story caught my attention today.
I’ve previously written about the California bear population HERE, but I’ve since learned a bit more.
The black bears that roam the San Gabriel Mountain foothills are all descendants of 11 bears “asked to leave” Yosemite in 1933. Apparently they were designated as troublemakers in the National Park. And mischief was noted today in one of those offspring.
Today’s bear encounter produced some amusing video footage.
La Cañada Flintridge, a beautiful and affluent city in Los Angeles County and home to Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is frequently visited by bears wandering into the neighborhoods.
Three residents lounging poolside were startled and frightened when a Black Bear walked right through their yard. Pools and spas are open invitations to the bears, and with current high temperatures, residents have been told to expect more wildlife coming out of the foothills looking for food and water–and maybe a little cooling dip in the pools!
To see the residents’ reaction and catch a little glimpse of the story in video, click HERE and have your own peek at how close to the “wild” Los Angeles is–sometimes it’s surprising even to me. Don’t miss the reporter’s exaggeration of the situation as he mentions the residents “running for their lives.”
A neighborhood school was put on lockdown and residents were told to stay indoors–which, of course, they didn’t. Cell phone photos were circulating as California Fish and Game authorities cautiously circled the bear to tranquillize and relocate back into the wild.
I’ve also included a video generated by the California Fish and Game with excellent information about the biology and natural history of the California Black Bear. It’s a longer video and I know not everyone can access it, but I include it for those who are interested.
This week I’m submitting my application to the National Wildlife Federation to be designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat home, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing any bears in our backyard.
I’m really pleased to know the bears are close, although I’m concerned for them if they are indeed struggling for food or water. I’m not adventurous enough to share our home turf, however.
It’s going to be a long hot summer with a severe water shortage and I’m sure we’ll have many wildlife sightings in residential areas. I’ll be happy to pass on the stories as they come to my attention.
And I will still share my story of the unwanted animals who shared our home for a while in a day or two.