Bear on patio (copy)

Last summer, William "Red" Tucker took this photo at his home in Bear Valley Springs of a Black Bear on the patio.

Stallion Springs residents have reported multiple sightings of a small black bear in the southwest area over the past several days.

According to an Aug. 6 news release from the Stallion Springs Police Department, residents have reported seeing California Condors in addition to the bear.

Police advise residents not to approach or feed the beer, and to contact the police department if you do see a bear creating a nuisance or becoming hazardous.

Additionally, residents are reminded that the California Condor has been protected as an endangered species by federal law since 1967 and by California state law since 1971.

Police ask that residents do not harm or harass the animal, as it is a crime. Do not approach or feed the Condor, and if you are experiencing property damage, contact the police department and the Department of Fish and Wildlife for assistance.

Tips for bear-proofing your home

• Do not toss food scraps out into the yard.

• Purchase and properly use a bear-proof garbage container.

• Wait to put trash out until the morning of collection day.

• Do not leave trash, groceries or pet food in your car.

• Keep garbage cans clean and deodorize them with bleach or ammonia.

• Keep barbecue grills clean and stored in a garage or shed when not in use.

• It is advised to not hang bird feeders in bear country. If you must, only do so during November through March and make them inaccessible to bears. Keep in mind bears are excellent climbers.

• Do not leave any scented products outside, even non-food items such as suntan lotion, insect repellent, soap or candles.

• Keep doors and windows closed and locked when unoccupied.

• Consider installing motion-detector alarms and/or electric fencing.

• Bring pets in at night. Provide safe and secure quarters for livestock at night.

• Consider composting bins as opposed to open composting.

• Securely block access to potential hibernation sites such as crawl spaces under decks and buildings.

• Do not spray bear spray around property – when it dries, it can serve as an attractant.

• Do not feed deer or other wildlife – this will attract bears to your home.

• Harvest fruit off trees as soon as it is ripe, and promptly collect fruit that falls.

• If a bear breaks into your home, do not attempt to confront the bear. Give the bear an escape route. If the bear cannot make its way out, go to a safe place and call 911.

Visit California Fish and Wildlife website for additional information on bears and condors at wildlife.ca.gov/keep-me-wild/bear and wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Birds/California-Condor.

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