Drought calls for better bear awareness
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 — Smokey Bear and Winnie the Pooh may seem friendly enough, but not all bears are, and Forest Service officials advise both locals and visitors to be bear aware — especially in the midst of California’s ongoing drought.
Due to the dry conditions across the Plumas National Forest, the Beckwourth Ranger District reports an increase in bear activity in the eastern part of the district.
Moreover, it’s not just on campsites, like many people tend to believe. Wherever there are people, there is food, according to Forest Service Public Affairs Officer Lee Anne Schramel.