Ronald Pierce posted on the boards today about a bear perusing the garbage cans near his home at 2:30 a.m.
As a result of similar sightings in other Foothill communities, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has provided the following tips on how to stay safe in the suburban wild.
Department of Fish and Game:
Bear Country Precautions
- Keep a close watch on children, and teach them what to do if they encounter a bear.
- While hiking, make noise to avoid a surprise encounter with a bear.
- Never keep food in your tent.
- Store food and toiletries in bear-proof containers or in an airtight container in the trunk of your vehicle.
- Keep a clean camp by cleaning up and storing food and garbage immediately after meals.
- Use bear-proof garbage cans whenever possible or store your garbage in a secure location with your food.
- Never approach a bear or pick up a bear cub.
- If you encounter a bear, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to appear as large as possible.
- If attacked, fight back.
- If a bear attacks a person, immediately call 911.
Visit the Department of Fish and Game’s Keep Me Wild Campaign website
for more tips on mountain lions, coyotes and other wildlife.