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Black Bears Out for a Stroll, Swim in Kinneloa Mesa

A bear and her cubs journeyed to Kinneloa Mesa and took a little dip to cool off from the summer heat. Altadena deputies responded to the scene to monitor the animals.

Sometimes the summer heat is too much for some, especially those clad in thick fur.

A mother bear and her cubs decided to take a quick dip in a pool in the unincorporated Kinneloa Meas area on Saturday afternoon. The bears were spotted around 3:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Edgecliff Lane, according to Deputy Fajardo of the Altadena Sheriff's Station.  The Kinneloa Mesa area is patrolled by Sheriff's Department deputies from Altadena.

Altadena deputies arrivied to keep watch as the animals cooled themselves off until animal control officers arrived.

The bears, however, lumbered back into the woods before animal control officers arrived, Fajardo said. In all, the bears were there for around 10 minutes.

"It is always wise to give a bear as much room as you possibly can," officials said in a press release.

"Encounters with Black Bears have been numerous over the past fifteen years. Foothill neighborhoods are especially apt to have bear visitors during summer and fall months during years of scant rainfall."
 
The Black Bears were introduced into the San Gabriel Mountains in 1933. They are all descendants of 11 bears deported from Yosemite National Park for being troublemakers, officials said.

Regular readers of the site might recall that a caused a media sensation back in May.

Dottie Burns July 08, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Give them a break, they need to cool off too. I just bet they felt a lot better after a 10 minute dip. I love out wild life.
Natalie July 08, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Please, those who live way up there, learn to welcome these animals and don't call animal control and the sheriffs, who might shoot them dead. If you enjoy living close to nature, accept them as part of it, and enjoy their antics. I'd be delighted to watch a bear cub and his mom swimming. There isn't much water available to them in the mountains, we're tapping it all.
PeterD July 08, 2012 at 03:40 PM
These "Black" Bears look pretty Brown to me. Anyway, don't you love it to be so close to nature? Consider yourself blessed by their visit and be a good host.
Ninja Girl July 08, 2012 at 03:58 PM
They're so cute. They just needed to cool off- it was hot! LOL! So happy animal control missed, and didn't harm them. The bears weren't out to hurt anyone.
Lori Paul July 08, 2012 at 05:23 PM
The San Gabriel Mountains bears are native and have been here since the Pleistocene. Where did the story of our local bears descending from 11 transplanted Yosemite bears from the Sierra come from? I do not believe that is accurate. Bears may have been transplanted at some point in 1933, but there have always been black bears in the San Gabriels and San Bernardinos, for that matter. In fact, prior to 1910, we also had California Grizzly Bears (though our state symbol is now extinct).
Karen TenEyck July 08, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I wish they would visit ME!
Carroll Brown July 08, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I wish the news media would stop reporting on every bear that shows up in someone's backyard. What do you think is going to happen when you choose to live in the foothills? DUH!!!!!! Just leave them alone and if it bothers you to share your pool with these bears, then MOVE!!!!!!!!
Judy Bass July 08, 2012 at 08:01 PM
According to DFG, there were no black bears in Southern California until the grizzlies were wiped out. The black bears then began to expand their ranges to the south, and the numbers were amplified by bears brought in from Yosemite. From DFG's web site: " After the California grizzly bear became extinct around the turn of the century, black bears started to appear in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (Grinnel et al 1937). The Department of Fish and Game supplemented this natural range expansion by moving black bears into southern California during the early 1930's (Burgduff 1935). The current black bear population in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains is believed to be at least partially descended from this supplemental introduction."
Dottie Burns July 08, 2012 at 08:46 PM
You've got that right!!!
todd ward July 09, 2012 at 01:10 AM
suspect if they had been there longer, the cubs would have figured out the slide. entertaining for all!

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