On bears and National Park land in SoCal

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Such a dilemma for a Wednesday evening.

If anyone out there cares about whether land bordering Southern California foothill communities becomes part of the National Park Service, or wants to know about bears in the San Gabriel Mountains, there are two public meetings tonight.

First there’s a town hall meeting at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA at 6 p.m. hosted by Rep. Adam Schiff to discuss the future of the “Rim of the Valley Corridor,” which includes the mountains around the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo Valleys. The NPS is studying whether these areas should be designated as a unit of the NPS, or added to an existing national park unit, like the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

The NPS is exploring ways that private and governmental entities can protect resources while providing more outdoor recreation opportunities. At tonight’s meeting, residents get to say whether they think the Rim of the Valley study area becomes part of the SMMNRA, a new San Gabriel Park, a new Rim of the Valley recreation area, or remains unchanged.

Black bear at Kings Canyon National Park. Photo courtesy of http://stevehymon.smugmug.com/
Black bear at Kings Canyon National Park. Photo courtesy of stevehymon.smugmug.com/

Over at Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena, Kim Bosell, Natural Areas Administrator for L.A. County Parks and Recreation, will be talking about bears in the San Gabriel Mountains. “The Urban Black Bear” is a Sierra Club-sponsored event that’s open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. Bosell will talk about bears that are second- and third- generation, born and raised within city limits, and how they’ve become accustomed to living with humans. When Bosell was with California Dept. of Fish and Game, she tracked bears to determine how much time they spent in urban areas, what they were eating and where they were sleeping. Should be an interesting talk.

Oh, the above photo isn’t of an urban bear, but one we saw in Kings Canyon National Park last year, near Zumwalt Meadow. See this guy and more at Steve’s Smug Mug site.

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