Bear deaths may promp better communication
With three dead bears on their minds, forest and wildlife officials agreed Thursday that better communication is needed between Fish and Game, the U.S. Forest Service and the residents of Spring Creek.
Darrell Stevenson, the Fish and Game warden who issued a permit that led to the trapping of two cubs and shooting of their mother on Monday, met with Lori Allessio, who helps manage Spring Creek land for the Forest Service, and Raul Sanchez, a wildlife expert.
“We wanted to make sure their understanding is the same is ours and it basically is,” said Rex Norman, spokesman at the Forest Service. And that is “that the California Department of Fish and Game has the authority, jurisdiction, over game, in which the black bear is included.”
The Spring Creek tract is on Forest Service land off Highway 89 north of Camp Richardson. The two cubs were killed after they were caught.
“There really aren’t any specific regulations for bear prevention at summer cabins,” Norman said. “But there are a set of guidelines and recommendations.”
The agency recommends that owners keep food out of their cabin when they are not staying in it. If they do want to keep food in the cabin, it should be kept in a bear-proof food locker.
“We don’t know if something like this will happen again,” Norman said of the three dead bears. “Remember, it’s not for us to say it’s entirely the state’s jurisdiction.
“More communication between the groups I think does improve the opportunities to do different management strategies. This case was a case in which an animal broke in, that’s what Darrell said made it a significant case.”
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