Searles advises on problem bear cub

Steve Searles stresses the "Dont' Feed the Bears" mantra.

Steve Searles stresses the “Dont’ Feed the Bears” mantra.

With bears awake and about in the Mammoth Lakes area, Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles gave a report to the Town Council last week. Searles explained a situation with a “special needs bear.”

Searles said there is a little cub wandering around the south Old Mammoth area. The bear, he said, is about 15 or 16 months old. Searles said he has received something like 50 calls about this cub. He said, “Some felt sorry for him. He has no mother. So, they gave him food.”

Searles said this is not the right thing to do and has led to problem behavior. He said the cub went into a house, jumped up on the table and ate half of an apple pie. He said the day after that, the little bear went into a house that was open, stole a loaf of bread, and ran.

Searles explained that there is plenty of natural food for the bear – grass and an abundance of dandelions. Said Searles, “Don’t feed him. If this continues, the bear will lose his life.”

That is the mantra during active bear season. Feeding bears habituates them to human food and leads them into conflicts with people. Don’t feed the bears.

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pizza guy
pizza guy
9 years ago

lets order him a pizza and leave it out. If everyone in town takes a turn ordering and leaving a pizza it wont cost one person very much and the cub will be fed well.

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

Poor bears, they just don’t understand what they do .. they’re just trying to make a living …. once they acquire a taste for human food, they loose interest in anything else, and search out the easy fixins.

Dingo
Dingo
9 years ago

(knocking on wood) My dog has been doing a good job keeping this bear out of the yard (he’s a good boy!!!!). However this little poor bear is very brave, desperate is probably a better description. I’m not too optimistic about this little guys future.

Where is your candidate?
Where is your candidate?
9 years ago

You can always count on the one caliber of mind that exists today to get in their digs in against “Obummer” as “J. Counts” and others on this blog so often like to do. I guess it helps them sleep better at night. Gone temporarily insane at the two-time election… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
9 years ago

LOL Dr. I knew that was coming. But didn’t you know … the liberals are ruining the country .. hehe .. yeah right. They aren’t doing it on their own, they are getting a lot of help from the conservatives.

Gee, I wonder how he knew
Gee, I wonder how he knew
9 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

“I knew that was coming…” jokes Big Al.
Of course he knew. He himself loves to throw out childish insults and has often used the term “Obummer” countless times on this blog.
And this childishness is sadly what is passing for “civil dialogue” today.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago

J Counts…..or we could do it the “Romney-Hood ” way…..only care about the bears with the big bank-rolls,and the heck with the rest of em…..

J. Counts
J. Counts
9 years ago

So let me get this straight…. Mr. Obummer can give the humans free McDonalds and Subway in the form of ATM cards and vouchers because we “feel bad” for them… but we cant feed the bears because “nature MUST run it’s course?” LOL! OK. Got it! Makes perfect sense! Sorry… Read more »

andrew
andrew
9 years ago

Apple Pie sounds much better than grass or flowers, but you are right do not feed the bears,

SierraFan
SierraFan
9 years ago

Please feed your own family and leave the bears alone! Yes, they’re beautiful animals and makes you want to care for them but nature has to run it’s course! If a bear is struggling, I’m sure Steve will do what’s best (what’s in his power) for the bear.

CL
CL
9 years ago

Pretty much just signed this bear’s death certificate people! This bear had been hanging around my house a couple weeks ago and he was very well behaved. Now he’s a problem bear cause of the hand outs. So sad

Tim
Tim
9 years ago
Reply to  CL

CL,
Thank you for the Bear education. I never have and never will make food avaliable to a Bear.
Now I am a city person with reduced ignorance.
Thanks

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago

I’m no “bear expert”,but still don’t understand as to why they handle this type of situation the way they seem to do….either way,don’t sound like it’s going to turn out too well for this bear cub.If people feed it,it will eventually lose it’s fear of people,and will end up being… Read more »

Mark
Mark
9 years ago

duh, some people need to move back to the city

MJA
MJA
9 years ago

Don’t feed or kill the bears! =