Bear and 3 cubs rough up garage

By Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate March 25, 2013 06:03 pm

Bears also spotted at several other properties on South Bank Road

A family of bears is becoming a bit too familiar with a neighborhood off South Bank Road.

On Thursday morning, what appeared to be a mother bear and her three cubs damaged a house on the 100 block of Hillside Drive, said homeowner Kimberly Davis.

She said she called deputies around 8:14 a.m. and their arrival scared the bears away; one was in the garage, another in a tree, another in the driveway and another on a hill above the house.

It was the second time this week the bears had broken into Davis’ garage, she said.

“They beat the door, looked like they tried to get into my car,” said Davis. “They’ve been hauling stuff up the hill. They’re pretty desperate to feed the babies.”

She said the bears knocked over an apple tree on her property, but it wasn’t bearing any fruit.

The greatest damage was to the garage, where the bears busted the door and a window and tore through belongings and pet food, Davis said. The cubs scratched through parts of the house’s side paneling as well, she said.

After the first night, Davis’ husband tried to reinforce the garage door with a bar, but the bears were able to muscle through it, she said. 

The bears were also spotted at a nearby property this week, playing in the yard and climbing the trees, said Nancy Wilson, a neighbor of Davis.

“We usually don’t get bears too often, but these ones are getting brave,” said Wilson. “We’ve all had bear scat on the ground and now it’s getting real close.”

The bears tore a couple of her bird feeders down, but seemingly were kept at bay by her two dogs whose barking woke her up in the middle of the night, Wilson said.

Wilson also stated the bears went onto the deck and near the back sliding doors of another neighbor’s house.

Davis said she contacted the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“They will come and trap them and will have to kill them,” said Davis. “But we’re hoping they will quit.”

Wilson shared Davis’ sentiments, stating she didn’t want to see the bears harmed considering “we’ve encroached” on their land.

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