California has a large population of Black Bears (Ursus americanus). Their typical diet would consist of berries, plants, nuts, roots, honeycombs, bees, insects, fish, small mammals and carrion.
Unfortunately, bears can become accustomed to people and can be responsible for property damage.
Control and damage prevention:
Do not put out trash cans the night before pick up.
Store garbage cans in a garage or closed shed.
Keep garbage cans clean. Deodorize and disinfect them with bleach or ammonia.
Promptly collect fruit that falls from trees. Harvest fruit as soon as it’s ripe.
Remove plants that attract bears, such any berries including Dogwood.
Eliminate bird feeders during spring and summer when there are natural foods available for birds.
Eliminate compost piles.
Keep barbeque grills clean and free of drippings.
Consider purchasing bear spray and keep it next to your front and/or back door.
- Do not leave pet food outside (including cat food, bird seeds, garbage etc.).
What to do if you encounter predators:
- Never hike alone and always stay on trails.
- Keep children close to you.
- Do not approach the animal.
- Do not run from the animal.
- Always stand tall, make eye contact and pick up children without turning your back to the animal.
- Make yourself appear bigger. Raise your arms, throw stones, branches, make noise, wave your arms slowly and speak loud.