Black bear spotted in Avila Beach
July 29, 2013
A black bear was spotted in the community of Avila Beach Saturday morning. [KCOY]
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the bear sighting was the second of the year in the Avila Beach area.
“This is probably the same animal or a sibling of the animal that was chased off,” said Fish and Wildlife Environmental Scientist Bob Stafford. “This time of year, what we see is cubs from prior years are getting kicked out or going off to find their own habitat.”
Several black bears have been spotted recently in San Luis Obispo County.
Department of Fish and Wildlife officers are collecting hairs from the bears and will submit them to UC Davis for analysis.
“We’ll be able to tell how many bears there are and then what area they’re covering in the county,” Stafford said. “From there, we can predict where we will start to get problems.”