Patt Morrison for May 18, 2012

Lions, coyotes, and bears, oh my! When wild animals and humans collide, what should be done?

Fire Burns Over 600 Acres In Los Angeles Griffith Park

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A coyote walks through Griffith Park, the nation's largest urban park on May 9, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

Residents of Glendale and La Crescenta have had a frequent and unexpected visitor over the past few months…

A 400-pound bear (named ‘Glen Bearian’ by residents and a Twitter user) was found munching on meatballs out of a resident’s garage freezer in March, returned again in early April and may have come back yet again. But bears aren’t the only large animals making frequent appearances in what we might consider to be "human areas." In late April, a Department of Fish and Game warden shot and killed an 80-pound mountain lion spotted in a Sunland neighborhood. All these recent sightings raise the questions, why here and why now? And what should you do if you find yourself face-to-face with a large, furry animal?


Lieutenant Kent Smirl, southern enforcement district coordinator, California Department of Fish and Game’s Natural Resource Volunteer Program

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