A thriving black bear population and an uptick in activity has the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminding residents to be "bear aware."
While bear activity is common this time of year, over the past few months bears have been observed in places where they have not been seen for decades, including residential areas.
Marc Kenyon, CDFW's bear program coordinator, thinks this year's low rainfall totals could be a reason. Bears are more commonly found in residential areas toward the end of summer or right before hibernation in the fall months.
"The thriving population coupled with a dry spring could be playing a role in the uptick of activity," Kenyon said. "We want to encourage residents who live in areas near bear habitat to be extra diligent securing their trash and bear-proofing their homes."
California has one species of bear — the black bear — whose population has tripled since the 1980s. And every summer the CDFW receives many calls about bears rummaging through trash bins, raiding campsites or making their way into residential areas.
Bears that consume human food tend to become reliant on it. If the pattern is unbreakable, the bear often ends up paying with its life.
iCAN TRI Youth Triathlon
Where: Clovis North Educational Center
Kids ages 6-19 can get an introduction to triathlons in this second annual event. Last year's race drew nearly 150 participants. Course lengths vary by age groups. The race will also serve as a USTA regional championships.
Registration is $60 for all entrants and closes at noon Friday at www.active.com.
News & notes
Tom Harrison Maps has produced a new topographic map of the Kaiser Wilderness, also including Huntington Lake, China Peak and a section of Kaiser Pass Road. It's selling for $9.95 at Herb Bauer Sporting Goods and Lakeshore Resort.
The Yosemite Conservancy is offering a three-day guided trek along the Valley's north rim from Olmsted Point to Tamarack Flat from July 28-31. The hike is led by ranger Dick Ewart, and fees are $260. Details: www.yosemiteconservancy.org or (209) 379-2317.
Weekday visitors to Yosemite should expect up to 15-minute delays on Glacier Point Road due to crews removing loose rock.
The work is scheduled to continue until Aug. 16.
Learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding during a free seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday at REI in Fresno. Sign up at www.rei.com/fresno.