the wild bears in California are of the black bear species. 


The mystery has been solved. For a few weeks, my neighbors and I have been dealing with the night-time garbage can bandit. Several have guessed that maybe some raccoons or deer maybe knocked over the cans.......?????

Ah not unless this was a pack of raccoons or a very angry deer,  But it's possible right? 

Well, June 21st, 2019, Friday night while having a beer I heard a huge bump outside. I turned to my boyfriend and said


So, we turned on the video camera to see what it was. My boyfriend jumped up and said BEAR!

 As he walks out on the deck to get a better view (Safe Distance Away) he saw that she had a cub with her......"Go back inside he said SHE HAS CUBS WITH HER!"

Turns out she had two very small cubs. And then just like that, she was gone.

WOW! What an awesome experience. She was beautiful and the cubs adorable. Don't get me wrong. I understand that having bears this close to the house can be very dangerous. Although I love wildlife and watching the bears, that having repeat visits are not what we want. 

The next morning we were able to see how and why she was so close to the house. We have a small makeshift fence to detour the deer from coming into the yard. Well, she knocked it over and walked up to the hill to the garbage can that we moved closer to the house. (MISTAKE)

We believe she was here because Friday morning is garbage day! So she was late making her rounds raiding the garbage, she was hitting them Thursday night early Friday morning... as to the mystery of tipped over cans.

Again it was a breathtaking moment, and deep down inside I would love to see her again at a safe distance of course.

Da Bear Facts

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife  (DFW), there are approximately 30,000 to 40,000 bears statewide. All the wild bears in California are of the black bear species. 

They are classified as “omnivores,” which means they eat both plant and animal matter, including insects, nuts, berries and even decaying meat. In fact, they have such a good digestive system that they can eat rotting meat that would make many other animals sick. They also kill and eat any animal they can catch. Rodents make up an important part of their diet. They also love ants and will break open rotting logs to get at the ants.

The color of black bears ranges from totally black to blond. Some bears have white patches on their throat or chest. They also have five toes on each foot with long claws, which makes them excellent tree climbers.

An adult black bear weighs from 150-350 pounds although there have been recorded instances where an adult bear weighed more than 600 pounds. 

They are also very fast and can reach speeds of up to 30 mph for short distances. That Fast!

Those are just a few facts about black bear. 

Living in a rural area has it's challenges but at the end of the day you can't bet living with nature.

Until next time

Don't just live Rural