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Ιανουάριος 20, 2022

Face-off Between Bear and Amazon Delivery Man Caught on Camera in Nail-biting Footage


Original source: https://www.newsweek.com/amazon-driver-bear-face-off-video-ring-1671114

The moment an Amazon delivery driver came face-to-face with a bear has been caught on camera. In the tense footage, the delivery driver can be seen keeping his cool as the bear moves towards him.

Taken at a house in Upland, California, the footage was captured through a Ring surveillance camera installed by the homeowners.

The start of the video shows the bear prowling behind the gate of the driveway, before sneaking out of sight. Soon after, the delivery driver can be seen walking straight up to the driveway where the bear is lurking.

A motion sensor can be heard going off, alerting the homeowner through an app, who was out shopping at the time. As the driver walks up to the house, the homeowner can be heard saying: "Stop right there, there's a bear there!"

The deliver driver backs away slightly before deciding to stay where he is, as the bear peers over at him from on top of a wall and begins to move towards him.

"Go back to your car, that's fine!" the homeowner can be heard saying.

A tense few seconds show the driver contemplating what to do next, before raising his arms, making himself appear bigger to the bear.

The bear instantly backs away, and moves down from the wall, eventually running away and disappearing. The delivery driver then continues his walk up the driveway to deliver the parcel.

In a message about the encounter emailed to Newsweek, Josh, the owner of the house, said: "We love catching wildlife on the cameras. By strategic positioning around the house, we've gotten some great footage besides the bear, including a mountain lion easily jumping one of our fences, a pack of six coyotes walking through the yard.

"Getting the motion alerts is helpful to know when it is or isn't safe to go outside, especially with two young kids and a dog.

"[The driver] seemed like he knew what to do and he kept calm. We had a conversation with him through our front door camera, explaining we weren't home, so we couldn't help directly.

"My wife was watching the gate camera on her phone to ensure the bear really was still gone to give him the go ahead. We were watching his exit the whole time to ensure he safely left. We of course gave him permission to stay as long as he needed!"

Black bear attacks are rare in California, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. However, some may appear aggresive if they become to accustomed to people.

The bear population in the state is estimated to be between 30,000 and 40,000.

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Δεκέμβριος 16, 2021

Video Shows Bear Cub's Epic Battle With Inflatable Reindeer in Front Yard

Originial source: https://www.newsweek.com/video-shows-bear-cubs-epic-battle-inflatable-reindeer-front-yard-1658491
By: Xander Landen, 12/11/21

Video captured in California showed a bear cub furiously attacking an inflatable reindeer that's part of a front yard Christmas display.

The video, which was posted on Facebook by a witness of the incident in Monrovia, California, showed the young bear jumping on the reindeer, at times biting it and thrashing it around in its mouth.

"Rudolph p**sed off the bears," a caption on the Facebook video read. The video was posted on Wednesday, and as of Saturday morning, it had been viewed 12,000 times.

"I looked up and there it was jumping on the reindeer," said Donna Hargett, who posted the video of the incident, told CBS Los Angeles. "I was laughing to myself out in the street."

Despite biting and pawing from the cub, the inflatable reindeer seems to remain intact by the end of the video, when the bear seems to lose interest.

Hargett said the bears often visit the neighborhood.

"We see these two around all the time," Hargett said. "They're trouble."

She added that other bears also frequent the area, and said that on one occasion, some entered her home.

"Through the window one time," Hargett told the news station.

"There were scratches on the wall and one got up on the bed. There were paw prints," she added.

On a website for the city of Monrovia, California, officials warned residents about attracting bears.

"Throughout spring and summer, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife receive many calls when bears break into homes and rummage through trash bins. These bears are often labeled 'nuisance' bears, but in reality, they are just doing what comes naturally to them—foraging for food," the website stated.

City officials added that bears have "keen noses and can smell an easy meal from miles away. They can easily tear a front door off its hinges if they smell food left out on the kitchen counter."

In February 2020, a 400-pound black bear that was taking a stroll around the city was tranquilized, the Los Angeles Times reported, noting that one resident came within feet of the animal as it walked on his lawn. Officials said the bear seemed familiar with the area as a food source.

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Lone Black Bear in Victorville May Have Traveled 50 Miles in 6 days

Original source: https://www.hddailynews.com/news/local/lone-black-bear-in-victorville-may-have-traveled-50-miles-in-6-days/article_1ef8add4-48c1-11ec-a321-2f01b26120fd.html
By: Andrew Caravella, Nov 18, 2021

Did you see the wild bear in Victorville this past week? Where did it come from?

Several reports and pictures circulating on social media showed what experts believe is a young American Black Bear between 1 to 2 years old. The wild animal emerged in Victorville after traveling nearly 50 miles in 6 days.

The bear's previous sighting was seen in Kramer Junction and wildlife experts believe the bear made his untimely journey from Kern County.

Wildlife Biologist Jeff Villepique, who was exclusively referred to HD Daily News from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, says that it's not the first time an American Black Bear has been seen in the Mojave Desert. On average, it happens about once a year, with previous sightings of other bears being seen in Yermo and Twentynine Palms over recent years.

This specific bear, which had been tagged by wildlife officials, was seen just last Thursday out in Kramer Junction and experts believe the bear may have been seeking a new habitat. Officials say the sighting is an indication that there are more bears in the mountains than the mountain can hold as territorial issues get calculated into the equation. Experts also believe that the constant drought that California is facing may also be a factor on some wildlife's migration patterns.

Reports on Wednesday night from police to HD Daily News say that the bear was spotted near Village and Amargosa around 3:30 in the afternoon and deputies had been keeping an eye on it.

The City of Victorville reported that on Wednesday, Animal Care and Control officials as well as Victorville Police responded to reports of the bear in the neighborhood near Amargosa Road and Village Drive.

According to the city, after law enforcement arrived on scene, officers reached out to California Fish and Wildlife for assistance, however, they had been denied a response.

Officers then attempted to tranquilize the bear so it could be relocated humanely. However, those efforts failed and the bear ran into Mojave Drive where it was hit by a car and died.

Villepique was able to clarify why California Fish and Wildlife would not get involved. He says that when wildlife is "doing its thing," Fish and Wildlife does not intervene. It's generally assumed that the bear will continue on its way. The wildlife biologist also says that if the bear is not distressed or trapped, it's also advised that Fish and Wildlife won't intervene either.

Villepique says that the incident, as rare as it is in the High Desert, should be a reminder to everyone in the community that it's important to be alert and that the community does live among wildlife, something everyone should always be cautious of.

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Νοέμβριος 17, 2021

Bear Climbs Tree After Wandering Into San Dimas Neighborhood

Original source (with video): https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/bear-san-dimas-tree-video/2734463/

By Jonathan Lloyd • Published October 27, 2021 • Updated on October 27, 2021 at 6:17 pm

Wildlife officials were in a San Dimas neighborhood Wednesday where a bear seen near an elementary school climbed into a tree outside a home in the foothill community east of Los Angeles.

Authorities received calls at about 7:15 a.m. that the bear was "wandering'' in the area before it climbed a tree at a house near Gladstone Street and Dallas Road. The location is about two miles from the nearest wilderness area to the north in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Bob and Carrie Pouliot said they saw the bear in the driveway of their home during its three-hour tour of San Dimas. The curious visitor walked around the home, knocked over a hummingbird feeder and climbed their avocado tree, where it appeared to settle on a branch.

The bear came down from the tree at about 11 a.m. The bear was tranquilized and removed from the neighborhood. It will likely be transported back to the wilderness.

Black bears, which can have different color coats, like to feed on plants, insects, nuts, berries and whatever else they think of as edible -- such as the contents of trash bins. If food is scarce in their natural habitat, bears are likely to forage elsewhere, bringing them into Southern California foothill neighborhoods.

California's black bear population has been on the rise over the last two decades, growing from an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 in the early 1980s to between 25,000 and 30,000 -- and that's a conservative estimate, according to the state department of fish and wildlife.

Black bears, recognized by their small, narrow heads and small ears, have coats that range in color from tan or brown to black. Females grow up to about 200 pounds and males can be a hefty 350 pounds with some giants weighing in at more than 600 pounds.

About half of the state's bear population can be found in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and areas to the north and west. Only an estimated 10 percent of the black bear population inhabits central western and southwestern California.

Although its on the state flag, the fearsome grizzly bear no longer can be found in the California wild. The last grizzly bear observed in California was shot in the early 1920s.

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Σεπτέμβριος 15, 2021

Bear Spotted in Simi Valley Neighborhood

Original source (with video): https://ktla.com/news/local-news/bear-spotted-in-simi-valley-neighborhood/

by: Gene Kang
Posted: Aug 20, 2021 / 12:46 PM PDT / Updated: Aug 20, 2021 / 03:49 PM PDT

A bear has been spotted in a Simi Valley neighborhood, and some residents say the animal has been roaming the area for days and even wandered onto people’s properties.

One resident told KTLA that the bear — which is tagged and possibly a juvenile — appears harmless and is just looking for food and water as it goes through people’s trash cans and fruit trees.

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Bear Raiding Chicken Coop in Bradbury Shot and Killed

Original source: https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2021/08/24/bear-raiding-chicken-coop-in-bradbury-shot-and-killed/

By RUBY GONZALES | rugonzales@scng.com | San Gabriel Valley Tribune
PUBLISHED: August 24, 2021 at 5:12 p.m. | UPDATED: August 25, 2021 at 8:58 a.m.

A bear raiding a chicken coop in Bradbury over the weekend was shot by a resident, who was approached by the animal, and later euthanized by a state Fish and Wildlife official, authorities said.

The resident was justified in shooting the bear, said Capt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Under the Fish and Game Code, a bear can be taken to protect livestock, land, or property from damage. He didn’t know how many chickens the bear in Bradbury killed.

He said the female bear had two cubs with her. A biologist looked at surveillance video and determined they were old enough to make it on their own, he added.

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The Sheriff’s Temple station received a call about a wounded bear in the 1400 block of Lemon Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, sheriff’s Lt. J. Meza said. Deputies notified Fish and Wildlife.

“The bear was in the process of killing the resident’s chickens,” Foy said.

He said the resident heard a noise and armed himself with a rifle.

“As soon as the bear started to approach him, he shot it,” Foy said. “He went inside and called 911.”

Because the bear was mortally wounded, a Fish and Wildlife official euthanized the animal by shooting it, Foy said: “It’s instantaneous.”

Chickens attract bears, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions, Foy said, adding that there’s almost an incident a day in the state where wildlife goes after a chicken coop.

The city does get complaints about bears once in a while, especially in the summertime, said Bradbury City Manager Kevin Kearney. Mostly the reports are about bears in swimming pools or getting fruit from trees.

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Αύγουστος 12, 2021

Bear Spotted In Porter Ranch Grocery Store

Original source for KCBS-LA video: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/5880808-bear-spotted-in-porter-ranch-grocery-store/

Text from NY post ( original source: https://nypost.com/2021/08/10/los-angeles-grocery-store-ralphs-has-bear-strolling-through/ )

By: Mark Lungariello, August 10, 2021

Many shoppers at the Ralph’s in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles weren’t too scared to shoot footage of the 125-pound wild animal which is chased out by some brave workers, images show.

Among those taking video was actress Tisha Campbell, known for her role as Gina in the Martin Lawrence-fronted sitcom “Martin.”

Campbell posted her encounter on TikTok and then filmed herself as she cautiously and anxiously heads to her car in the parking lot.

Inside her car, she comically expresses shock.

“It’s not like I’m in a secluded area, I’m in my f—ing local grocery store,” she says.

“I don’t know what this wild wildlife s–t is right now that’s going on with me. You know what? Stay the f–k away from me because who the f–k knows? A f—king hippo-motherf–king-potamus might pop out of no f–king where.”

The bear apparently wasn’t done shopping for the day.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife caught up with the animal at a Walmart nearby, KTLA reported. Officials tranquilized the animal and brought it to a safe location, the TV station said.

“Bears know that if they come down out of the mountains into a town, they’re going to find food,” department spokesman told KTLA.

“I thought the video was amazing,” resident David Balen told CBS Los Angeles. “I’m glad that nobody came in contact with the bear. Anything can happen.”

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Ιούλιος 09, 2021

Bears... Invading Populated Parts of California Because of Drought

Original source: https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/california-drought-bears-snakes-insects-b1874945.html

By: Clara Hill

A lack of rain throughout California and other neighbouring states has meant an increase in reports of bears, snakes and other creatures in urban settings.

They are venturing into human-dominated areas looking for water, after their usual locations have dried up due to droughts brought on by the climate crisis. The Pacific Northwest this week experienced scorching record-setting heat.

This not only poses problems such as the destruction of natural habitats leading to the possible wipeout of species, or the danger posed by large animals like bears, but scientists have also warned of the threat of potential new viruses from the issue.

Steve Searles of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said people shouldn’t fear for their safety from bears. "They’re highly adaptable and your front lawn is just a salad for them," he said to ABC 7 News.

Rebecca Barboza, a fellow biologist at CDFW, explained to the same news outlet why a bear might want to come to an area filled with humans.

"In the urban areas, we have 24/7 access to food, water and shelter, and if you think about it in the wild, a bear might give birth to one or two cubs and those cubs may not survive until adulthood because their resources are limited," she said.

In regards to snakes, animal control professionals have noticed increased sightings.

Lee Ramirez, the owner of Ramirez Rattlesnake Removal, told The Guardian, “I am busier than I have ever been. Complaints are coming in from all over the state.”

“Rattlesnakes are becoming more common in the places where we live, work and play,” he added. He said one call tasked him with catching more than 60 snakes.

Birds and insects have also been sighted coming further afield, with experts also citing poor water provisions in the wild due to drought.

“Because there’s limited water in the environment and everything is dry, the birds go looking for water and refuge,” Cameron Webb, an entomologist and tasked with investigating mosquitos carrying diseases for the CDC, told The Guardian. “You get this combination of factors that means not only are conditions suitable for mosquitoes, but also the birds that carry the virus are more likely to be in higher concentration closer to where people live.”

He said that mosquitos succeed in dry areas because the water becomes stagnant, and easier to breed on, saying, “fish and other other animals that live in system die and mosquitoes have free rein.”

The effect is has on other insects is similar to the ones it has on bears. They are more likely to come in or near your home to see if they have the provisions they need to survive, according to Mike Bentley, a scientist with the National Pest Management Association.

“Drought often drives pests into homes or other structures in search of these resources to survive,” he explained to The Guardian.

Other problems caused by droughts on the West Coast of the US include forest fires. 2019 was marked by a significant amount of forest fires, 6,872 according to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. These ripped through 252,321 acres of land. Alongside the human cost, such as deaths and property damage, they this also destroys the habits of various species of wildlife.

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Bear Takes Midnight Stroll Through Newbury Park

Original source: https://www.toacorn.com/articles/bear-takes-midnight-stroll-through-newbury-park/
July 09, 2021
By Dawn Megli

A young black bear was spotted roaming the streets of Newbury Park early Friday morning.

Police received reports of the animal being in the vicinity of the Borchard Skatepark shortly after midnight July 9, Sgt. Tim Lohman told the Acorn. He said Ventura County sheriff’s deputies followed the animal for about 45 minutes until it returned to open space.

He said the Department of Fish and Wildlife didn’t respond to the area because they only intervene if the animal poses a threat.

“The little bear had a complete tour of the neighborhood of Kimber/Fallbrook/Mayfield/Reino before heading through the Albertsons parking lot,” Newbury Park resident Jill Mahon told the Acorn.

Capt. Eric Buschow said bear sightings occur in the Conejo Valley “every once in a while.”

“I remember chasing one around Westlake a while ago,” he said.

Buschow said the bear was probably looking for water.

“The problem is with the heat and the drought there’s probably no natural sources of water, so he’s probably got to go sip off a sprinkler,” the captain said.

Bear sightings are not unheard of in eastern Ventura County. In May 2020, a 100-pound bear was spotted in Simi Valley before being tranquilized by Fish and Wildlife authorities and taken to a remote location in the Los Padres National Forest.

A black bear was spotted in Malibu Creek State Park in 2016 and another black bear was killed in 2014 on a 101 Freeway off-ramp in Westlake Village. There was another bear sighting in Westlake Village in 2006. That bear roamed the city for about five hours before it disappeared.

In May 2004, a bear was found in Agoura Hills wandering through yards and even lounging in a jacuzzi. In August of that year, another bear was found in a garage in Thousand Oaks near the 23 Freeway and the Reagan Library.

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Bear Attacks Group of Men on the 4th of July on Mount Wilson

Original source: https://www.foxla.com/news/bear-attack-mount-wilson
By Mary Stringini

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Calif. - Dramatic video shows a tense encounter between a bear and a group of men celebrating the Fourth of July on Mount Wilson.

According to the man who took the video, three men were waiting for the fireworks to start at Mount Wilson around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night when a small bear suddenly appeared from the bushes and attacked the men and their snacks.

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One of the victims was bitten by the bear, but his injury was said to be non-life-threatening.

The group was able to scare the bear away from their site after a roughly 30-second encounter.

FOX 11 has reached out to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and is waiting to hear back.

A day after the wild incident, FOX 11's Marla Tellez caught up with Kenneth Fregozo, one of the men who fought off the hungry cub, and his girlfriend Sonia Montiel.

"Are you going back there next July 4?" asked Tellez.

"Oh yeah," Kenneth responded.

"With no food!" Sonia playfully added.

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