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Bear Tracks Found in La Viña Development

The Hometown Pasadena website has photos and a video of the tracks of a nocturnal visitor to the Altadena housing development.

Bears in Altadena's foothill areas are nothing unusual, but they don't always leave an easily visible set of dusty footprints to remember them by.

A La Viña resident posted a picture and video of some rather small bear prints over at the Hometown Pasadena website.

Though we've heard plenty of concern recently about bear-proof trash containers in Altadena and have heard our share of bear stories, Altadena does not always seem to have the same volume of bear pictures and media attention as certain other foothill cities

Barbara Ellis September 19, 2011 at 10:06 PM
That must be the bear that's been leaving droppings all along the Sunset Trail of late, even down as far as the fire road gate on Chaney Trail. The spoor's small, so it seems to be a small bear. One dollop had plastic in it, from trash. The thought of it straying into La Vina worries me, because some of those residents don't seem too tolerant of outsiders passing through. I hope it'll be safe.
Robby September 20, 2011 at 12:30 AM
Because the residents near the LOCKED gate on Chaney Trail are tolerant of outsiders passing through? LOLOL
lonnie fehr September 20, 2011 at 04:56 PM
sounds like yogi and boo boo ,, harmless , make noise shine a flashlight on them , they run , if got trash / food smells it will attract them ,easy cure is get some ammonia from store , dump a little in trash ,. and or a rag soaked in it ,, pine sol helps to .
AW September 20, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Hi Robby. The locked gate on Chaney is to the Angeles forest after dusk, not locked to the neighborhood. It is to keep automotive vehicles out after dusk. Horses and hikers can still enter, however due to recent mountain lion sightings we don't recommend folks past dusk or too early in the mornings. The issue for the gate is to help reduce the vehicle traffic that tends to enter late, carrying beer, flicking cigarettes and have a habit of joy riding down Chaney. We also find the amount of dumping (sofas, construction junk etc) tends to happen in the evening when folks think no-one is looking. If you take a look at the house on Loma Alta just below Chaney, you will note that both homes have reinforced walls due to the number of times cars have slammed into the walls. So, neighbors try to lock the gate at dusk as much for the safety of late night vehicles as surrounding Altadena. Bears are a regular occurrence, especially since the Station Fire and destruction of their habitat. We try to keep trash out of their way to keep them from getting habituated. We care about their health and safety. The trash getting dumped is merely an inconvenience. I have bear footprint shots, bear shots, bob cat images and more. Part of the joy of living here. Lonnie is right. Ammonia or used cat litter helps!
Nadine Isenberg September 21, 2011 at 04:29 PM
I know there are people up in Altadena who love nature and know what they signed up for when moving there. These people also try to make sure not to harm nature anymore then humans have already done and continue to do. To these people I say THANK YOU. But I find it funny when humans decide to build/move into the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains they seem to forget that the Mountain Lions and Bears where there first. It's almost like when that guy "Discovered" America, there were people already there. I guess just like the Indians the Mountain Lions and Bears are just something/one to move because someone bigger is moving in. But because I like kids and animals, make sure to protect your children and small animals from the choices you made for them.
yeahian September 22, 2011 at 02:04 PM
I can't believe people joy ride down Chaney in a car. I've hit 55mph maybe 60 on one occassion and 45 50mph on a skateboard when I lost control coming down after the last left into the big downhill section. so scary and fast with bad pavement.i bet you could easily hit 100mph before you hit the stop sign if you lost control inn 3000lb plus vehicle.
Revvell October 03, 2011 at 06:06 PM
"....I've hit 55mph maybe 60 on one occassion ..." Is that the speed limit there? How do you measure your speed on a skateboard? You sound dangerous and reckless to me. Glad I wasn't going up when you were coming down.
lonnie fehr October 03, 2011 at 08:06 PM
u cant believe people joy ride down chaney trl ,,hello lol , u on a skateboard joy riding down i road with blind corners etc ,u have no brakes etc etc etc ,,yipes ,. quess stupid is what stupid does ,,,

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