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The City of Arcadia’s proximity to the foothills increases the opportunity for various wildlife to wander into neighborhoods and onto private property. Bears are no strangers to the foothill neighborhoods and the likelihood of bears coming into yards, pools, and trashcans is increased during the summer months.
Foothill residents should be alert for bears in their neighborhoods and take the following actions to prevent bear activity in their area:
- Secure trash cans in an enclosure if possible
- Harvest ripened fruit from trees
- DO NOT FEED the bears
Bears are wild animals and should not be approached.
Make sure to check your yards and closely monitor children to ensure they do not come into contact with bears or other wildlife that might cause them harm.
Should you see a bear in your neighborhood, contact the Arcadia Police Department at: (626)574-5151. The majority of these encounters end with the bear wandering back into the foothills. We ask you notify us when bears are seen in your neighborhood because we do track these calls for service in order to better asses problem locations and/or recurring animal encounters.
For additional tips and information, please visit the California Department of Fish & Wildlife at: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/bear.html