The California Department of Fish and Game has been busy in the foothill area with the planning to trap and kill a mother bear and her three cubs who’ve been running loose in the foothills.
“The bears have been known to have broken into a person’s house in Auburn, and then it moved down the hill a little bit to Loomis where four bears have broken into at least two, if not more, chicken coops and they’ve killed an excess of 20 chickens.”
Foy says the bears have lost their fear of humans. The DFG says they fear the bears will become more brazen and dangerous. A state issued permit has been provided for property owners to take the 4 bears. As of this weekend Warden Foy said the 4 bears have not been trapped.
Deer are also on the move this time of year as this is the mating season also known as rut when deer tend to get very active and for some deer that includes getting into trouble. Warden Foy says he had to rescue a deer caught in a rope swing at Lake of the Pines in the South County.
“It was right on the lake and it wandered into a tree swing and the antlers got wrapped in the rope and it got all hung up. I had to use a tranquilizer dart. There is a lot of care that goes into taking care of them after they’re darted because being under the influence of the tranquilizer is really stressful for them, so you’ve got to pay real close attention to the animal’s temperature and a bunch of things. But we got through it, and I watched the deer walk away.”
Warden Foy does encourage anyone who lives in deer prone areas with a volley ball net, hammock or similar structures in their yard to bring them in if at all possible until the rut is over.