Bears Sighted Across SGV This Week

A Sierra Madre resident spotted a bear on her front steps Sunday as other sightings were reported in Monrovia and La Canada Flintridge.

It was an especially eventful Sunday for bear encounters in the San Gabriel Valley.

While a bear walked into a Monrovia home’s kitchen and , a in the La Cañada and Montrose area and later had to be euthanized.

In Sierra Madre, a more routine bear meeting occurred when a resident at the 300 block of Churchill Road came home to find a bear on the home’s front steps Sunday, Sergeant Rubin Enriquez told Patch.

The resident apparently made enough noise that shooed away the bear. When SMPD officials arrived they could not find the bear in the area.

A seminar held at Eaton Canyon Saturday offered local residents tips on living with urban black bears.

Have you seen a bear in Monrovia recently? How do you co-exist safely in a community with bears? Weigh in below. 

Kate K. August 28, 2012 at 06:18 PM
The bears will be more common in the SGV hillside towns until we get a "wet year". Its a simple fact. Some love them, some hate them, many fear them, and animals will die because of it. This is a flood-drought cycle ecosystem, and the more extensive and intense the drought, the more the wild things come to our artfiicially-green, force-fed landscapes to get water and food. The best things we can do include encourage responsible housekeeping as prevention: clean up your food, dishes and trash inside your home; lock your windows and doors when you leave and go to bed; don't leave pet foods out all day or night (your pets can learn a new routine and you can, too). We can also practice and encourage more natural, native landscaping (drier, less wasted water to attract wildlife) and stop pretending this is the Midwest or East Coast just without rain and snow---- Its not natural for the land to green here year-round. That will keep more wildlife up in the hills. We can make the extra investment in closed-edge pool covers, so our pools aren't a temptation for animals AND so they stay cleaner and warmer, thus using fewer chemicals and less electricity. We can do many things to improve this situation, the question is just whether we are willing to.
Ellen Zunino August 28, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Well said. Also, the Station Fire displaced a lot of wildlife and the larger animals don't have the territories they once had and have been pushed farther afield. As the forest cover returns, maybe we won't be seeing as many of them - unless we purposefully or inadvertently "train" them to stick around. Back in the 1930s my dad's older brother used to go up onto Monrovia Peak to hunt bear. North Monrovia was all agricultural but I never heard any stories of problem bears coming out of the forest to forage in the groves and vineyards although I'm sure they must have. Thirty years ago, bear encounters were still rare in the north part of town. A new generation of naive residents and a changed American life-style that generates lots of trash seem to have created the problem. Since the people down the street have learned not to put their black trashcans out Sunday night, my Sunday night/Monday morning encounters with a particular bear have ended - and I'm thankful.
Kate K. August 29, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Yes, I doubt anyone living here in the 1930s was foolish or lazy enough to waste as much food as we do nowadays. The latest figures (via National Geographic Society) indicate that Americans each, on average, throw out around 20 pounds of food per month (usable food in any earlier America or other culture) ! We are so wasteful! Bears are smart creatures, omnivores like us thus developing bigger brains: they are too smart not to take advantage of our easy handouts, i.e. trash and accessible refrigerators. Only by making the bears extinct (which people have done before to some species that we arrogantly deemed unworthy), a zero population, would the bear interactions with humans stop. Over thousands of years of trying, no one has been able to eradicate rats, a far more deadly animal to humans; the only reason people are so upset about the bears is because bears are larger than humans, and thus we have an instinctive, ancient "kill-or-be-killed" fear of them, which our now larger, supposedly-reasoning minds should be able to override. But based on many of the ll-caps comments about the various bear items, I'd say many people much prefer to go with their intense, reactive emotions than with reason. Its amazing to me that one of these fear-mongers hasn't shot a bear and dragged it through the streets or lynched it, such seems the level of their fear and need for control.


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