North Bay Bear Collaborative
Cultivating a Bear Culture in the North Bay
The North Bay Bear Collaborative is a working group of agencies, non-profit conservation groups, landowners and individuals committed to being proactive liaisons between humans and bears. Our aim is to mitigate future challenges that may arise from the North Bay’s increasing black bear population.
Bears in your area?
May 23, 2020: A bear has been sighted near Cavedale and Moon Mt. Road in the Mayacamas and across the Valley at Jack London State Park and Grove Street in Sonoma. The bear has been seen rooting around trash and approached buildings.
Over the past few years, bears have moved into the Mayacamas, and are now becoming a regular neighbor of our wildlands. And they are more visible in this season, (May, June, July) when juvenile bears disperse. This means that young bears move away from their mothers and seek their own home range. That is most likely what the Cavedale bear is up to, looking for a safe place to set up shelter. But occasionally when they’re wandering to find a new home, they get mixed up with all of our human garbage and see them as food resources. Poor bears, and challenging for the humans too.
You can help these dispersing bears and us, humans, by making sure they don’t get habituated to our
food/garbage that surrounds them.
What You Can Do
1) Trash, pet food, bird feeders, beehives, and compost are very attractive. Please do not leave these food sources out. (Put Garbage cans out in the morning of pickup, not the night before.)
2) Use noise to deter bears when they approach your house or other attractants on your property. Pots and pans, whistles, car horns, and yelling can do the trick.
3) Help our organization by donating and getting on our email list. (See below).
Sonoma Ecology Center
Sonoma County Parks
Kashia Band of Pomo Indians
Audubon Canyon Ranch
CA State Parks
Napa Land Trust
CA Dept of Fish & Wildlife
Sonoma Land Trust