Robert Todd and several of his neighbors along Cedar Vista (less than 1/4 mile of Pines Village) in Bass Lake have spotted bears - a black bear, and a brown bear with two cubs - over the past couple of weeks.
Trash cans have been overturned, dogs have been barking, and the bears have been getting into food left outdoors.
“Last evening, when my neighbor went outside to feed his cat, the bear was there, and chased him back inside the house,” Todd said. “Three days before that I drove my car over to this same neighbor’s house because I was feeding the cat, and there the bears were - standing in the gravel. They’re definitely getting into the cat food.”
Todd said another neighbor saw a bear crossing Road 274 at the bridge near Pines Village. He’s hoping to get the word out, to notify people in the area near Pines Village, to be on alert. He contacted The Department of Fish and Wildlife Aug. 14 with the details, but hasn’t heard anything back yet.
In a separate incident, a Native American man was attacked by a bear Aug. 13 in the Midpines area of Mariposa County. Residents have been warned to be aware of their surroundings, and keep an eye on children and pets.
Fish and Wildlife warn that should you encounter a bear, do not approach and call 911 immediately.
Details: information on food storage in Sierra National Forest and how to purchase or rent bear-resistant canners available at http://ow.ly/QRTko. Bear safety tips are available at http://ow.ly/QRTCn.
- Staff report