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Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Wednesday, March 12, 2014 11A County to consider bear ordinance thwart dangerous possibilities Debra Moore County isn't known, but "We Staff Writer live in prime bear habitat," Bears are attracted to angthing that is edible or smelig. , Omoore*pumasnew,.com Weist said. Use the checkList below to help bear-proof gout home: Each year the state allows a  It's being described as a certain number of bears to be [] Garbage problems can be solved with the purchase [] Don't leave any scented products outside, even non- and correct use of a bear-proof garbage container. Save food items such as suntan lotion, insect repellent, soap perfect storm, harvested, but last year, money by sharing one with a neighbor! For bear-proof or candles. A surging bear population, fewer than half of that containers and where to buy them visit budget cuts for trappers and number were taken, [] Keep barbecue grills clean. i: drought conditions are leading "The bear population is local and state wildlife growing too fast," said [] Waittoputtrashoutuntilthemorningofcollectionday" [] Keep pet food and pets inside. experts to predict danger. Horton, who blames the . [] Don't leave trash, groceries or animal feed in your car. [] Securely block access to potential hibernation sites such "We are trying to do a situation on Senate Bill 1221, as crawl spaces under decks and buildings. pre-emptive strike," Ran state legislation that prevents [] Keep garbage cans cleanand deodorize them with Horton told the Plumas hunting with hounds, unless bleach or ammonia. [] Keep doors and windows closed and locked. Scents can lure bears inside. County Board of Supervisors a depredation permit has [] Harvest fruit off trees as soon as it is ripe, and promptly during its March 4 meeting, been issued, collect fruit that falls. [] Consider installing motion-detector alarms, electric "The bear problems are Bear can still be hunted, fencing or motion-activated sprinklers. about to become burdensome but without hounds it is more [] Only provide bird feeders outside during November through March and always hang feeders so they are [] Remove all food from homes and cabins that will be " and cumbersome," said difficult. An added problem is inaccessible to bear,, unoccupied for an extended period of time. Horton, a county Fish and that fewer people are keeping ..... Game commissioner. "There hounds because they can't already have been problems on hunt with them, so there is a / L ....... Jackson Street (in Quincy)." shortage when hounds are Terry Weist, local biologist needed to enforce a ' ' ' for the California Department depredation permit. The door to this Graeagle home ofFish and Wildlife, joined Horton has often been proves to be no match for a Horton in making the called in to help with problem hungry bear. Local wildlife presentation, bears and he has seen experts predict a bad bear Weist works in Plumes and firsthand the damage they  " ': season and are encouragitfg " ' "=''"" " ............ local residents to make their Sierra counties and warned the can cause ...... supervisors about the danger. In one instance a bear "tore .... homes as bear proof as possible. "I live in Graeagle and a a hole through the wall of a !;!!;!' ',, bear came into a lady's cabin and dragged a  kitchen," Weist said. refrigerator through it." ............... ........................... ............. ' This bear helps himself to a Weist and Horton both He has also arrived on stressed the importance of scene to see a bear tearing the little birdseed on the deck of a residents removing any roof off a mobile home. Lake Almanor home. The State incentive for the bears to visit. In another situation a Fish and Wildlife Commission "If they can get aU of their woman had been feeding a recommends only providing calories from a garbage can, bear, but when she went out birdfeeders from November why stay in the woods?" of town for an extended through March and hanging Weist said. period of time, the bear them so that they are The pair asked the ravaged a neighbor's vehicle, inaccessible to bears. supervisors to strengthen the his barn and eventually his county's current ordinance home, looking for food. dealing with trash containers "You signed the bear's Photos submitted and wildlife, death warrant when you fed Jurisdictions that have it," Horton told the woman implemented stifffines for who objected to the bear breaking trash laws have being killed, deliver seen a marked decrease in Horton and Weist hope to ' bear problems, minimize the number of Give us a call today: The supervisors asked depredation permits that will (530)283-2035 and (00tter! county counsel to work with be issued this year and are the county Fish and Game calling on the public to do its General Building Contractor J Commission and the state part. A list of  Calif. Lic. #453927 Department of Fish and recommendations provided Wildlife to draft an ordinance, by the Department of Fish qBEATTY Dine In* Take Out * Delivery 25 7-2525 and Wildlife is printed [  The problemDuring interviews adjacent tothisstory. ' Lunc and following the board meeting, . both Horton and Weist dinner descriled the bea" problems ,LJSII : 't ..... they have er-,lmtered and -: what the public can do. : :: ""  : ' ''' "If it's an emergency caU Callus for checkout 911," Weist said, and used a bear breaking into a home as catering! our an example. It's not an comnn'00*ev---- emergency ff the bear has disturbed a trash can. oven pizzas with menu To report a nuisance bear, Italian flour call Weist at 836-0889 or the aputo regional office at 225-2300. Weist or a game warden will Bill Muttera, CLU, ChFC, Agent Open an IRA by April 15. ID dr'drk lrlrq.,qJJIJI..L assess the situation, make Insurance Lic #: 0728779 An IRA could reduce your 2910 Riverside Dr. taxes and it's a great way Mon-Thurs 11am-8pm Fri & Sat 11am-9pm recommendations to the Susanville, CA 96130-4765 homeowner and issue a Bus: 530-257-4041 to invest in your future. Like a good neighbor, 950 Main St., Susanville depredation permit if State Farm is there.* necessary. Serving Susanville, Bears are no longer Lake Almanor & Chester CALL ME TODAY. re]ocated, they are killed; thus the s]ogan "A fed bear is a dead bear," which the commission uses on an educational brochure. A depredation permit is issued when a bear causes 00StateFarm significant damage. TU ::: It's estimated that there are ' i 33,000 bears in the state. How .... : many of those live in Plumes 0901200,1 State Farm, 8toomlngton, IL Lassen Community College Alumnus of the Year Nominations due April 4, 2014 Open to all Lassen Community College graduates who have shown success in either their personal life, career, or through community involvement. Nomination forms are available in the office of Dr. Marion Hall, Superintendent/President, Lassen Community College, P. O. Box 3000, 478-200 Hwy. 139, Susanville, CA 96130. Phone 530-251-8820 The award will be given at the Lessen Communil Commencement Exercises on May 23, 2014. hill]