Bear Makes Himself at Home in LCF, Eventually is Evicted

Photo courtesy Anjum Khan
Before he was tranquilized and relocated back into Angeles National Forest on Sunday, the bear was spotted hanging out near La Cañada Flintridge Country Club.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to repeated reports of a bear in La Cañada Flintridge over the weekend, tranquilizing the 225-pound male Sunday afternoon and returning it to the wild, according to Andrew Hughan, a Fish and Wildlife spokesman.
There have been additional sightings reported since on social media, but the animal LCF resident Anjum Khan spotted in front of a house near the corner of Starlight Crest Drive and Burning Tree Drive as she was driving home Friday was relocated. At first, she said, the bear was digging through the trash, but then he seemed to just sit down and relax, she said.
“At one point, half of him was inside the trash can, and his other [rear] side was hanging out,” said Khan, who stopped to take some photos. “Then he was just sitting down, enjoying his lunch.” Continue reading “Bear Makes Himself at Home in LCF, Eventually is Evicted”

LCF Seeing More Mountain Lions

Screenshot courtesy Dennis Flower
A mountain lion was caught on camera in Dennis Flower’s backyard on two nights last week; he said he’s concerned about the animal’s presence with children walking to Paradise Canyon Elementary School near his Crown Avenue home.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Dennis Flower said he feels less relaxed in his own backyard since a mountain lion made a cameo a couple of times on his home security video footage last week.
“I have adjusted my seating position so I can see the extent of the yard,” said Flower, who had never before seen evidence of mountain lions on his property in the 30 years he’s lived in La Cañada Flintridge.
He also didn’t have a surveillance camera set up until six months ago, he said, so it’s difficult to know whether he’s previously been visited by cats like the one recorded slinking around his property in the 5000 block of Crown Avenue at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, March 26, and then again at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Continue reading “LCF Seeing More Mountain Lions”

Bear in Tree Captures Local Attention

A bear spotted on the streets of La Cañada Flintridge wound up in a tree on Jarvis Avenue for several hours Wednesday, and was still there as of press time.
At 4:30 p.m., the official Twitter account of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported: “[Helicopters] left and she almost came down. [Helicopters] came back and bear settled down. Still in the tree. Long night ahead.” Continue reading “Bear in Tree Captures Local Attention”