Area resident Donna Vail shared these photos of uninvited guests near her property.

"This was taken off my back deck on South Bank Road on the Smith River," she said.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife provides easy online access information about being safe in areas that are likely to be bear habitats.

Access the information at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild/Bear

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon is home to about 25,000 to 30,000 black bears, North America’s most common bear species. Generally black in color, they can also be brown, cinnamon or blond.

Fast and agile, they are good swimmers and climbers who prefer forests, trails and streams. At home throughout Oregon, black bears are omnivorous and have a diverse diet including berries, fruit, grasses and plants. Although they will consume small mammals, insects and amphibians, these bears are not usually active predators.

Bears should never be allowed access to human food or garbage; it habituates them to people and increases the chance of conflict. Once habituated to finding food near homes or campgrounds, bears can become a threat to human safety and must often be destroyed.

See more about bears in Oregon at:

https://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/black_bears.asp

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