The Auburn Valley is seeing more furry four-legged animals coming in the community. Hot, dry temperatures have made it hard for these bears to find enough food.
“They have got to eat, so it draws them closer and closer and closer. So we want to make sure people are aware,” said Andrew Hughan, California Fish and Wildlife.
Hughan says the bears must eat enough food to survive hibernation, so at this point in the summer they will eat anything and everything — and that includes trash.
“You want to be smarter than the average bear and try to eliminate that food source from your yard,” said Hughan.
Felix and Fido’s food bowl lures the black bear up close to your home, and in swinging reach of a big problem.
“They could punch out a window or a garage door,” said Hughan.
Your car is no deterrent for a hungry bear that smells food.
“A car door or a trunk is a play thing for a bear. It will rip that car apart, even a medium size black bear will tear the doors off a car with no problem,” said Hughan.
If you want to play it safe, keep your trash cans inside your garage. Don’t leave any pet food out, even harvest all your fruit so that there is nothing to lure the bear close to your home.