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Searles advises on problem bear cub

With bears awake and about in the Mammoth Lakes area, Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles gave a report to the Town Council last week. Searles explained a situation with a “special needs bear.” Searles said there is a little cub wandering around the south Old Mammoth area. The bear, he said, is about 15 or 16 […]

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Bear saved from recycling bin lid

(Press Release – Mammoth Lakes Police Department) On Tuesday morning, July 31, Mammoth Lakes Police and Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles responded to a call of a bear in the area of A Frame Liquor with a metal lid stuck on its head.  The 125 pound, 19 month old bear was found in the area of […]

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Bear conundrum

With bear season in Mammoth Lakes comes the same old issue.  Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles still can’t use non-lethal weapons to manage problem bears on Forest Service land.  Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson said he has tried to get Forest Service permission for Searles’ specialized work, but things, he said, “are at a stalemate.” Chief […]

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Mammoth Lakes Basin camp facilities mostly locked up

Locked up too soon?  That was the question raised before the Mammoth Town Council about Forest Service camping facilities in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Mammoth Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles stood up during public comment to speak as a private citizen.  He pointed out that he probably spends more time in the Lakes Basin than anyone […]

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Long time Mammoth bear, shot?

Last week, some Mammoth Lakes children found a very large bear, lying dead in the Rusty Lane area near the golf course.  Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles has now asked the public to help him solve the riddle of the big, gentle bear’s death. Unlike most Mammoth bears, the one killed did not have a particular […]

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