Monday, June 18, 2012
Claremont city officials are alerting residents of recent bear sightings at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
Officials say the bears are not aggressive, but urge hikers and cyclists to avoid any contact. Here is the message posted by the city of Claremont:
"Please do not approach the bear or attempt to photograph them at close range. The warm summer weather brings other animals out in search of food and water especially in the early mornings and evenings. Hikers and cyclists may encounter snakes, coyotes, tarantulas, raccoons, and opposums in the Wilderness Park. Staying in groups and making noise will help minimize encounters."
If you see a wild animal behaving aggressively or attacking, contact the California Department of Fish and Game. During regular office hours, call 310-590-5132 or contact their 24-hour dispatch at 916-445-0045.