Mammoth Lakes PD Bear Beat: September 1-26, 2022

Calls to respond for bear issues are down 19% in 2022 versus 2021, year-to-date. Thank you to the Community and our Wildlife Officers for continuing to educate and protect the bears of Mammoth Lakes!

9/1, 8:10 a.m., Sierra Nevada Rd. – Car owner reported her vehicle doors were open and there was a mess inside. Nothing was taken that she is aware of. Possible bear. Please lock your car doors.

9/1, 8:12 p.m., Main St. and Center St. – Cub stuck in unlocked trash bin. Please lock your trash bins.

9/2, 11:04 a.m., Azimuth Dr. – Bear lounging in a tree, minding his own business. Please leave him alone and you don’t need to call this in unless you feel you are in danger.

9/6, 4:24 a.m., Mammoth Knolls – Caller watched bear open neighbor’s sliding back door. Bear removed by MLPD. Please lock your house doors.

9/6, 9:37 a.m., Shady Rest Rd. – Bear in front yard eating a pinecone. Again, please leave him alone and you don’t need to call this in unless you feel you are in danger.

9/6, 11:16 p.m., Mammoth Brewery – Bear attempting to open a locked grease bin. Hazed away by MLPD.

9/11, 9:33 a.m., Berner St. – Bear tore off part of a bumper trying to remove roadkill. Confirmed by MLPD. This is a new one for us!

9/12, 10:58 p.m., Twin Lakes Ln. – Bear in unlocked construction dumpster eating food. There’s a reason construction dumpsters say, “No Food.”

9/13, 5:09 p.m., Canyon Blvd. – Bear was outside of house trying to eat a dead deer. Bear was gone on arrival and the deer carcass was removed and taken to the forest by MLPD.

9/13, 10:52 p.m., Twin Lakes Campground – Bear was laying in the middle of the campground eating chocolate bars, pop tarts, and eggs. The bear left and was last seen crossing the bridge. The novice campers were counseled on camping in bear country.

9/14, 10:20 a.m., Sanctuary St. – Appeared that a bear entered a vehicle the night before. Please lock your doors and remove scented items from your car.

9/14, 8:20 p.m., Lupin St. – Report of a bear in the building. Came in through an OPEN window. The bear was gone on arrival and there was no damage.

9/15, 1:59 a.m., Chateau Rd. – Bears were outside eating trash. Bears hazed away and trash picked up.

9/19, 4:19 p.m., Sierra Nevada Rd. – Caller stated that a bear and cubs were in the pool area. Bears were gone when Officers arrived.

9/20, 1:11 a.m., Lake Mary Rd. – Unbeknownst to the owner, a bear stole a legally obtained deer head from the back of a pickup. The deer was returned to a bewildered hunter and the deer tag was countersigned by MLPD.

9/26, 6:59 p.m., Twin Lakes Campground – Bear looking for coolers, was hazed by MLPD.

9/26, 11:36 p.m., Davison Rd. – A determined bear successfully accessed a plastic, bear-proof trash can. Ran off when MLPD pulled up. Trash picked up by MLPD Officers.

(From Mammoth Lakes Police Department)

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