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Cabin dwellers taking steps to live with bears

Bear-awareness is taking a priority with home owners in the Spring Creek tract after the area was dealt a black eye when a momma bear and her two cubs were killed last year.

The Spring Creek Tract Association formed a Bear Committee to address the concerns of residents and wildlife.

The bears were shot in November by trappers hired lawfully under a permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Game. The goal of the Bear Committee is to “find a proper balance between people and bears in the Spring Creek tract, causing a minimum damage to all.”

The committee has outlined three premises to be used as a guide for the group: No. 1) We do not want to damage people or property; No. 2) We want to preserve the wildlife in the tract; and No. 3) We cannot, representing 137 cabins, take a position about how each permitee must act with regard to the bears in the tract.

The association says it will continue to educate its residents about bears and make the area safer for wildlife and residents.

Measures will include: voluntary cabin inspections on an ongoing basis; phone trees for bear alerts; dumpster and trash checks; creating checklists for each cabin regarding the bear-proofing of the structure; and continuing to share resources with the BEAR League and other relevant organizations.

Tom Frankel, former president of the Spring Creek Tract Association, is chairman of the Bear Committee. The committee has yet to meet, but it will include directors from the association’s board and interested cabin owners, according to association President Joan Mulvaney.

— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at

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