Bear spotted in Bishop

Screen shot 2014-06-02 at 12.24.11 PM(press release) On Sunday June 1st, 2014, at about 10:00pm the Inyo County Sheriff’ Office was notified of a bear in the roadway on West Line Street across from the DMV. Shortly after deputies arrived, the bear disappeared into thick brush. By 11:00pm the bear reappeared, only this time reports were indicating that the bear was rummaging through trash in the Snow Circle area of Bishop. Sheriff’s Deputies and Tribal Police located the bear in the middle of a residential driveway eating trash. Once spotted the bear ran off into a field east of Longview Street.

According to California Department of Fish and Game bears may be a common occurrence in residential areas this summer due to a lack of food and water in the mountains. It is important to remember that feeding wildlife is detrimental to the animal – once conditioned to human sources of food bears will seek them out creating increased safety concerns for people. For information on bear-proofing your residence please visit Department of Fish and Game’s “Keep me Wild” webpage at


9 Responses to Bear spotted in Bishop

  1. Wayne Deja June 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    THANK GOODNESS this bear was able to make it back out into the wild ASAP….on his own !!!….BEFORE anytype of “authorities” had the chance to do what was the “right” thing to do….Here in Inyo County,why do I hear the fire alarms going off in town,closing off the roads, and then notice ICSO,CHP,LADWP,DFW,Cal-Trans,USFS,BLM, the fire dept. and paramedics,and whoever else with a sticker on the doors of their vehicle trying to “take charge” of the incident and chasing this bear around if it happened to take a wrong turn and closer into town.

  2. erik simpson June 2, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    This is a sad thing. Bishop isn’t used to bears, and there’s lots of stuff the bear can and will get into. Garbage cans by the roadside is a regular bear buffet. I’m afraid this isn’t going to end well.

  3. Wayne Deja June 2, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    …And how could I have forgotten a couple other “must” things…..reverse 911 calls…..and “authorities” on loud-speakers driving through town ORDERING people to stay inside their homes…or worse yet,ORDERING people to evacuate…

  4. Trouble June 3, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    Yogi for District #1 Supervisor.

  5. Wayne Deja June 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Gosh,so many thumbs down on my comments….guess I should have kept those thoughts to myself…..BUT….if you lived in my town,you’d see what I mean….I can remember a time it started raining real hard and,within minutes,the town alarms were going off and chatter on the scanner was saying possible floods and evacuations in campgrounds as well as little cabins along the creek…..maybe possible,but just thought it was kinda silly.And who can ever forget all the entities involved in a structure fire in town here a few years back,when LADWP workers and BLM employees were not only directing traffic but barking out orders to anyone that happened to be watching or driving by…I talked to a local fireman about this bear incident in Bishop,and he even said if a bear happened close to town in the place I live there is NO DOUBT it would be seen as an emergency and warranting the alarms going off and MANY agencies scrambling and ready to” take charge of the matter”…even though most residents I know would only be scrambling for their camera.

    • Benett Kessler June 3, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

      I have covered all types of emergency news in Inyo-Mono for 39 years – fires, floods, wrecks, crimes – and the emergency responders provide an incredibly valuable service. Plus, their memory on years of service leads to smart calls about weather, fire and other emergencies. You might want to drop the attacks and just watch a bit more. Of course, problems can occur. Emergencies are frightening and response is not an easy thing. Give ’em a break and thank them for being there. Benett Kessler

      • Wayne Deja June 3, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

        Benett….I’m not really attacking the first responders OR the Law Enforcement that happen to be alerted to anytype of emergency that might happen….what I find kinda ridiculous is when OTHERS feel their “expertise” is needed in situations that first responders have actually told me when that happens they are just getting in the way of things….even more so than some lookie-loos do.If there were an emergency in the Owens Valley,a big one,such as a large earthquake,or something of a smaller scale,I could accept the advise of what the ICSO or the fire department might have to say or suggest I do….but not so much a BLM,Cal-Trans or LADWP employee would be saying,and especially the way I’ve seen them do it to others…and tried once with me.

        • erik simpson June 4, 2014 at 8:27 am #

          Wayne, I understand your point. “Bear seen in Mammoth Lakes!” wouldn’t be a very newsworthy story, because it’s an everyday occurrence. And yeah, some people get excited about anything out of the ordinary. This isn’t a safety problem for anything except the bear, who will probably be shot if he isn’t fortunate enough to head back into the mountains.

    • h June 3, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

      You get all the thumbs down comments because your comments (in general) make no sense.


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