Bear Roaming Residential Area Near Megan and Henry’s California Home

Bear alert California

A bear warning has been issued for residential areas in California1

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly been warned about a large bear that has been seen roaming near their new Montecito home in Santa Barbara, California home.

According to sources, the bear poses a serious risk and a  local association has warned a bear has been spotted in the area and that residents should not confront it.

CCTV footage shows the bear prowling around neighbors’ homes, and is said to have attacked chickens and rifled through bins.

The local sheriff’s department is are calling for “a humane trap” so the bear can be relocated. A spokesperson issued a statement saying, “The bear likely lives in Ranchos San Carlos, which recently sold.

“There may be new activity on the ranch that is disturbing the bear and setting it off into the community.”

Unfortunately, this can mean bears become used to food associated with humans, and the animals can be killed as a result.

Justin Bieber Keeps Bears Away ‘BABY’

Reports of wayward black bears are keeping the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) biologists, wildlife officers and other public safety personnel busy across the state this month. Numerous bears have recently been spotted in urban areas, occasionally requiring human intervention to return them back to wild habitat.

Common questions:

(1) Has there been an increase in the number of bears entering residential areas?

There is a definite uptick in bear activity, which occurs every year around this time, all across the state. In most instances, we’re witnessing the dispersal of young male black bears. Young bears typically spend about two years with their mother, after which the mother chases off her young male offspring in the spring to fend for themselves. The behavior itself is not unusual for the time of year.

Nature provides these youngsters with the best chance of survival as they are turned out on their own at a time of year when food and water resources on the landscape are the most available and plentiful.

Black bears typically prefer remote, mountainous areas far away from people. Still, these young, dispersing male bears are learning to survive on their own for the first time and are out seeking new territory to call their own. They sometimes take a wrong turn or end up somewhere they are not supposed to be – in a residential neighborhood or in the middle of town, for instance – at which point CDFW and emergency responders will help return these animals to wild habitat if they can’t make it out on their own.

(2) The bear removed from a tree in downtown Napa last week was an adult weighing more than 200 pounds. What was that bear doing?

California’s black bears of all ages are waking up hungry from their winter downtime and are out actively searching for food. Adult bears may also be out searching for mates. There is more bear activity across the state this time of year and sometimes the adults end up in the wrong place, too.

The Napa bear stuck up a tree in the middle of the city was there because it was where it felt safest after being scared by its surroundings. The bear might have waited out the day and left undetected at night on its own except that it had been spotted and a large crowd had gathered under the tree. Fortunately, CDFW with help from the local fire department was able to tranquilize the bear, safely remove it from the tree, provide a quick health check, and release it to wild habitat once the tranquilizer drugs had worn off.

Even when bears are spotted in populated and residential communities, the bears will typically and happily find their way back to wild habitat on their own without any kind of assistance. Only when a bear becomes stuck in a situation where it can’t escape or is in danger of harming itself or others will CDFW typically intervene to remove the bear and safely return it to wild habitat.

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