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8C Wednesday, June 11, 2014 uulieun, Kecoro, vrogressive, Kepor~er tury riders cru through Indi n Valley These two ladies take in the views Indian Valley has to offer while making their way through the 100-mile route last Saturday. Those who might have missed last week's opportunity to ride in a century ride needn't worry: Chester's Mile High Century ride is set to take place this Saturday, and the Graeagle Century Ride is scheduled for July 27. Photo by JamesWilson ( The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds the public to act responsibly when in bear country. Spring is the time of year when California's black bears emerge from their winter dens in search of food. Because bears are attracted to anyt h g edible or smelly, their search often leads them into campsites and residential neighborhoods, where trash and food is readily available. There are an estimated 30,000 bears in California. Throughout spring and summer, CDFW receives many calls when bears break into homes, rummage through trash bins and raid campsites. These bears are often labeled "nuisance" bears, but in reality they are just doing what comes naturally to them: foraging for food. "Human-bear. conflicts are largely the fault of humans. People need to adjust their behavior when they live and recreate in bear country," said Jesse Garcia, CDFW's bear program manager. "It is absolutely necessary to secure food and trash receptacles to avoid attracting boars: ampers and re i ents can prevent expensive property damage, safeguard people from injury and save the lives of bears by exercising a little common sense. Bears that become habituated to humans or conditioned to eating our food and trash often have to be killed." Tips for bear-proofmg your home, rental or timeshare Bears have keen noses and can smell an easy meal from miles away. They can easily tear a front door off its hinges if they smell food left out on the kitchen counter. The best defense against bear break-ins is not to attract them to your property by following these tips: --Purchase and properly use a bear-proof garbage container. --Wait to put trash out until the morning of collection day. --Don't leave trash, groceries or animal feed 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. ---Only provide bird feeders during November through March and make them inaccessible to bears. --Don't 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. --Consider installing motion-detector alarms, electric fencing or motion-activated sprinklers. --Harvest fruit off trees as soon as it is ripe, and promptly collect fruit that falls. ---Securely, block access to potential hibernation sites such as crawl spaces under decks and buildings. Tips for bear-proofing your campsite No one wants to worry about housekeeping on a camping trip, but maintaining a clean campsite is the responsible and safe thing to do when visiting black bear country. Here are a few tips for bear-proofing your campsite: --Use bear-proof garbage cans whenever possible or store your garbage in a secure location with your food. --Store food (including pet food) and toiletries in bear-proof containers or in an airtight container in the trunk of your vehicle. ---Clean dishes and store food and garbage immediately after meals. --Clean the barbecue grill after each use. --Never keep food or toiletries in your tent.: Facts about black bears The only species of bear in California is the black bear. However, black bears do range in color from blond to black, with cinnamon brown being the most common color. Black bears will seek to avoid confrontation with humans. If encountered, always leave them an escape route. Males are much larger than females and can weigh up to 500 pounds, although average weight is about 300 pounds. Black bears can sprint up to 35 mph and they are strong swimmers and great tree climbers. A typical wild bear diet consists of be ies, plants, nuts, roots, honey, honeycomb, insects, larvae, carrion and small mammals. As winter approaches, bears will forage for food up to 20 hours a day, storing enough fat to sustain them through hibernation. Bears often hibernate in large hollow trees 40 to 60 feet off the ground. Bears that are accustomed to people can become too bold and lose their fear of humans. For more information, including on bear-proof containers and where to buy them, visit Bike shop offers tire-changing workshop Howling Dogs Bike & Ski will conduct a "Tireology" 101 clinic Saturday, June 14, at 8:30 a.m. in Graeagle. Participants will learn how to change their tires, replace tubes and repair flats. Tips for what to carry in case of a flat or mechanical problem will also be covered. Participants are invited to bring their own bikes to practice what they have learned with assistance from the pros. Sierra-Pacifm Coffee Co. organic French roast will be provided, and co-sponsor Plumas-Sierra Bicycle Club will have fresh baked goodies to enjoy. "Changing a flat tire is a relatively easy chore, but it can be intimidating for many cyclists," said instructor Len Fernandes. "Here's an opportunity to be self-suffmient and gain some confidence when you bicycle on our roads." The event is free, but registration is required at or by calling 836-2754. The average person generates over 3 pounds of trash every day. lid Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but only about 30% is recycled. Q Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to run your television for 3 hours. Only about 7.1% of all plastic generated is recycled. (It In 2009 Americans threw away almost 9 million tons of glass. Advertising funded by a grant managed by Plumas County Department of Public Works Paddlers hit the lake This group of paddlers spends the afternoon playing around out on Lake Almanor last Tuesday. The group rented the kayaks and stand-up paddleboard from Lake Almanor Kayaks, located in Canyon Dam for the past six years. In recent years, paddling has become a popular pastime around Plumas County. People can also rent kayaks from Bucks Lake Marina at Bucks Lake and Graeagle Outpost in Graeagle near the Millpond. Photo by Robert Morton