Pack Up Your Pic-A-Nics, Yogi’s Back
In December of 2015, neighbors in this same area also reporting seeing a mountain lion and dealing with the aftermath of several family pets missing.
Department of Fish and Wildlife classifies public safety wildlife incidents into three categories (below is copied from the CDFW site):
- A. Type Green (sighting)
A report (confirmed or unconfirmed) of an observation that is perceived by the public to be a public safety wildlife problem. The mere presence of the wildlife species does not in itself constitute a threat.
- B. Type Yellow (threat)
A report where the presence of the public safety wildlife is confirmed by a field investigation and the responding person (law enforcement officer or Department employee) perceives the animal to be an imminent threat to public health or safety. Imminent threat means there is a likelihood of human injury based on the totality of the circumstances.
- C. Type Red (attack)
An attack by a public safety wildlife species on a human resulting in physical contact, injury, or death.
Department of Fish and Game has several tips to keep you, your property, and the bear, safe during this time of year. Most importantly, is taking away the temptation of bear fast food (i.e. garbage cans and other refuse). Keeping your garbage cans safely secured in the garage until garbage pick up is a great way to remove a bear dinner. Also, pick up fallen, ripe fruit from any fruit trees on your property. Please see their site for other tips or call the CDFW Eureka Office – Region 1 at (707) 445-6493.