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Human-Wildlife Conflict in Mono Bears Discussion; Ordinance May be a Solution

    For locals who grew up with Winnie the Pooh or Yogi Bear, reality bites. Daniel Taylor with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife delivered the reality of the bear/human relationship at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors. His message was simple: they were here long before we were but they’re not to be encouraged […]

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History In The Making: Clean Up The Lake Expands To Eastern Sierra

  Mono County, CA (October 17, 2022) – The Clean Up The Lake (CUTL) dive team that completed the 72 mile SCUBA cleanup of Lake Tahoe in 2021-2022, has just finished months of work establishing strategic partnerships in the Mammoth Lakes region with government, nonprofits, businesses and Mammoth Lake Tourism, all leading to the organization […]

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to List and Designate Critical Habitat for Two Salamander Species in Sierra Nevada

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on its proposal to provide protections and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for two slender salamanders living in California’s southern Sierra Nevada. Using the best available science, the Service evaluated the status of three salamanders found in Kern, Inyo and Tulare […]

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Mono County Wants a Seat at the Table Regarding Reservation Passes over Tioga Pass to Yosemite

  Earlier this summer, Yosemite National Park initiated a reservation system to enter the park during peak hours, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. That may seem reasonable, unless you’re a tourism-related business on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The reservation requirement also impacts pass-through travelers, locals or visitors whose sole reason to […]

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More Mammoth Bear Beat – Sept 26 to Oct 10, 2022

      MAMMOTH BEAR BEAT 9/26, 6:59 p.m., Twin Lakes Campground – Bear helping himself to coolers. Hazed away by Officers. 9/26, 11:36 p.m., Davison Road – Bear in open dumpster. Bear scared off by Officers and trash secured. 9/27, 10:38 p.m., Lodestar Drive – Bear attempting to access dumpster that had been left […]

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Devils Hole Pupfish Population at 19-year High

  AMARGOSA VALLEY, Nevada – Agency biologists are excited to report increased numbers of one of the world’s rarest fishes. Scientists counted 263 Devils Hole pupfish, which is the most they’ve observed in 19 years. This count came on the heels of a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Mexico that caused 4-foot waves in Devils Hole on Sept 19, […]

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Report Published on the Imperiled Sagebrush Ecosystem

 A report published today by a team of scientists from a dozen organizations provides a product designed to boost efforts by land and wildlife managers to restore and conserve the imperiled sagebrush ecosystem across the full extent of its range, which covers more than 165 million acres. The report’s approach, known as the Sagebrush Conservation […]

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Sept. 19th Mexican Earthquake Sloshes Devils Hole; Pupfish Appear to be Okay 

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – In a surprising quirk of geology, Monday’s magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Mexico triggered four-foot-tall waves in Devils Hole, located in Death Valley National Park. Video footage of the “desert tsunami” is available on the Park’s website at The earthquake shook the Mexican states of Colima and Michoacán at 11:05 am Pacific […]

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Inyo National Forest celebrates National Public Lands Day this Saturday, September 24

  BISHOP, Calif. — Join the Inyo National Forest and its partners for National Public Lands Day at the Mono Lake Ranger District, this Saturday September 24. The Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center will be hosting something for everyone of all ages: from volunteer work projects to junior rangers and interpretive presentations, to hanging […]

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Owens River Gorge Closed for Public Access Until Sept 6th

LADWP will release higher-than-normal water downthe Owens River Gorge from August 29 – September 6, 2022, in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Mono County. This channel maintenance will help improve fishery and wildlife habitat along the 10-mile stretch of river between the Upper Gorge Power Plant and Pleasant Valley Reservoir. […]

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Bear Activity in Mammoth Lakes from July 27 – August 8, 2022

MLPD Bear Beat This Week’s Theme: Are we the only ones who watched Yogi as a kid? Bears like open windows, baked goods and “pick-a-nicks”. 7/30, 10:30 p.m., Panorama Dr. – Bear came in through an OPEN WINDOW and grabbed some cookies.  Bear scared off by homeowner. 07/31, 1:44 a.m., Joaquin Rd. – Bear came […]

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