EDITOR: With great excitement I read the small article about the bear sighted in Camino, published at your “Meet your Merchant” issue dated Sept. 26. Excitement! yes! Because it is a gift of nature to see a North American Black Bear (an American icon) in its natural environment.
What caught my attention is that at the end of the article there was a note stating that “bear sightings should be reported to the local Department of Fish and Game dispatch center.” I wonder, why? Hopefully it is not for something negative for the bear, as the bear wasn’t doing anything wrong, just cruising by, going after an apple tree, just being a bear.
We have to keep in mind that we share this place with several wild creatures that have been residents to this area prior to us and we have to accept them as neighbors. As long as the bear is not causing damage, it should be left alone and if you fear he is the one with “no fear” you should scare him ( or her) away.
Just a loud noise as clapping or yelling will do it.
Remember also that this is harvest season and apple trees and vineyards are in full ripe and it is of nature’s course to encounter wildlife going after nature’s fruits. Bears are getting ready to go into hibernation and they need to “fatten up” before they get to their dens.
The purpose of my letter is to educate people about this magnificent, gentle creature and to change the wrongful images that many people have of bears. There is a huge misconception that pictures bears being aggressive creatures when they are really not.
Want to know more about the real North American Black Bear and not the bear that along the years Hollywood has unfairly demonized? Please visit bear.org and you will enlighten yourself with tons of information and fun.You can also visit the website savebears.org, a local organization at Lake Tahoe about “Bear education, aversion and response.” Enjoy.