Bear situations

When the Mammoth Town Council met last Wednesday, Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles stood up to report that the bears are very active in Mammoth right now.  Last Wednesday, Searles said, he had 25 calls about bears on just one day.

Searles told the Council that food is scarce this summer, and the bears have come into Town for something to eat.  He urged the public to keep food out of cars and secured.

Councilman John Eastman asked Searles if all of the 25 calls on bears were bad situations.  Searles said, no.  There were no traffic collisions and no bear break-ins.  Searles said, “People care so much about the bears.  My phone rings off the hook.  One call was about a baby cub up in a tree.  Someone was afraid it might fall.

The Wildlife man said a number of young bears are out and about seriously looking for food.  He said some of the older bears have also moved down from higher elevations.  The calls on bears that day were more about checking on the animals.

In one instance, a bear was strolling down from the Canyon Lodge area to the Westin.  Searles received four calls from people who saw the bear.  In another case, a woman in the Lakes Basin was throwing things at bears to make them go away.  Her efforts were not very effective since she was throwing fresh fruit at them.

Searles again underscored the importance of not feeding the bears, keeping food out of cars and safe inside.  Dumpster covers need to be closed and locked. Searles is available during this busy bear season at 937-BEAR.


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7 Responses to Bear situations

  1. Jeremiah July 23, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Yeah go figure, you move up in the mountians where they have roamed for who knows how long and when they come close to our comfert zone they are encroaching on us?

    • Big AL July 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      Yep Jeremiah .. I always feel bad for the bears in these situations, they’re just making a living for themselves .. the trouble is when they get used to living off of people .. they can’t seem to resist it, of course.
      We’re not going to move out and leave it to them, that won’t happen, so they are fated to harm if they come into where man is .. they just don’t understand they can’t do that, and that they are better off away from people and the feeding opportunities people bring.

      Kind of the same thing with the wild horses and burros, only they are not usually causing people any grief, there only wrong doing is that they are not native to the land as some people say. The horse sh*t (please excuse the pun) that is spread around by certain individuals about them destroying the habitat for native species is just exactly that … Horse sh*t! .. So much for what some people learn in college.

      • Ken Warner July 24, 2012 at 10:39 am #

        I guess a similar argument could be applied to “native” Americans given they’ve been here less than 15,000 years.

      • Special Ed. July 25, 2012 at 9:17 am #

        Looks like “Big” has a problem with college-educated people. (“so much for what some people learn in college.”)
        Try and chill Big. A formal education isn’t all that terrible.
        And like it or not, it usually gets you in the door for the higher-paying jobs.
        Not a bad thing to convey to your children and your children’s children.

        • Trouble July 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

          Special Ed- if your so educated, try to stay on the subject at hand and not get so personally anal.

  2. Dingo July 24, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Throwing fresh fruit at them?
    Wow, that’s like throwing mexican food and at me.

  3. Trouble July 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    If you see me in a tree, please throw me a beer.


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