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“There’s another threat to the area’s wildlife, a completely silent one, deliberately created by many homeowners.”

by Suza Francina May 15, 2013

Guest Editorial by Sholom Joshua

Signal Street, north of Grand Avenue, is a gateway to two of Ojai’s most popular trails. On any given day, cars (including motorcades), hikers, people with children, dogs, or horses—all come up the Signal Street hill on their way to the trails. It’s like a pilgrimage…

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Ojai bear aware: What to do if you encounter a black bear in the wild

by Suza Francina November 2, 2012

Editorial co-authored with Sue Williamson,  Ojai Wildlife League founder.  Our main source for this article is bear expert Ann Bryant. We highly recommend that anyone who hikes/lives in bear country visit her website: http://www.savebears.org/

Note: The recent bear encounter on the Gridley Trail occurred the exact same time of year (mid October, 2009)…

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Fish and Game to be changed to Fish and Wildlife

by Suza Francina October 22, 2012

California’s new wildlife game plan: Department of Fish and Game to be changed to Department of  Fish and Wildlife, January, 2013

From the San Francisco Chronicle, October 22, 2015:

California’s wildlife now has a protector whose name matches its mission. In the flurry of end-of-session legislation, a new law renamed the agency…

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Ojai mother bear defends cub(s)—human headline says: “Bear that attacked woman will be killed”

by Suza Francina October 20, 2012

Sunday  Update: 

Good news  from Andrew Hughan, Fish & Game agency spokesman
ahughan@dfg.ca.gov
Sent: Sun, Oct 21, 2012 4:28 pm
Subject: Re: Ojai bear

DFG has found no further bear activity in Ojai, ceasing operations to find and trap the bear

See previous updates from Department of Fish & Game at end of article and…

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Orphaned bear cub rescued near Ojai

by Suza Francina October 17, 2012

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and two wildlife organizations worked together over the weekend to save the life of a bear cub near Ojai.

DFG wardens received a call from the Ojai Raptor Center in Ventura County about a young bear cub that had been brought to their facility.…

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DFG Bear facts for permits to kill in Ojai

by Suza Francina September 8, 2011

Several people who attended the August 25, 2011, public meeting with Fish and Game had questions concerning the issuance of a Depredation Permit (a permit to kill). The questions below were sent via e-mail to Andrew Hughan, the Public Information Officer who spoke at the meeting. Even though I do not…

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If you love our Ojai bears, please read Sept/Oct All Animals magazine

by Suza Francina August 30, 2011

The Sept/Oct 2011 issue of The Humane Society of the United States All Animals magazine  has a great series of articles on living with bears. All four parts, plus safety tips, are posted online (see links below). 

This issue features Lake Tahoe bear expert *Ann Bryant, who came to Ojai last year and…

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Reminder: Meeting to Discuss Shooting of Thacher Bear and How to Prevent in Future

by Suza Francina August 24, 2011

Ojai Community meeting with Fish & Game on Thursday, August 25,  Theater 150, 316 E. Matilija St., at 7 p.m.  

 The Ojai Wildlife League invites the community to attend this meeting with representatives from the Department of Fish and Game  and other Wildlife and Forest organizations. We will ask DFG exactly what transpired…

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Community Meeting to Discuss Shooting of Thacher Bear

by Suza Francina August 19, 2011

The Ojai Wildlife League invites the community to attend a meeting with representatives from the Department of Fish and Game on Thursday, August 25, at 7 p.m., at Theater 150, located at 316 E. Matilija Street, in Ojai.

Attending will be Lt. Mike Stefanak, the warden supervisor for the Ojai area,…

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We need confirmation of the bear cub’s size. Please take a photo if you see it.

by Suza Francina August 11, 2011
Update from Andrew Hughan

Here is the DFG policy on bears in general. Scroll all the way to the bottom
where it talks about the time deadlines for bear cubs. I have spoken to our
senior biologist and he explained the August 1 guidelines and he is confidant
the cub can…
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