One black bear chased from Saugus neighborhood.
Deputies responded to two calls of reported bear sightings in the wash area near the 28000 block of Placerview Trail and the 28000 block of North High Ridge Drive, Saugus, Friday morning. After checking the area, the deputies were unable to locate the bear at that time and the residents that spotted the bear indicated it was headed back into the hills.
Late last night, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station received additional bear sighting calls near Kathleen Avenue and Copper Hill Drive, Saugus. Deputies quickly responded and located the bear in the backyard of a residence. The deputies were able to chase the bear out of the backyard. They contained and tracked the bear near the neighborhoods for more than two hours, before eventually chasing and coaxing it back into the mountains.
The California Department of Fish and Game responded and assisted the deputies in managing the incident. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station is anticipating additional sightings and are advising residents in the area to be aware and follow some precautions outlined in this press release.
The California Department of Fish and Game offers the following safety tips and ways to keep the bears out of the neighborhoods in their "Keep Me Wild" brochure pertaining to California Black Bears:
Keep Me Wild - California Black Bears
Stash Your Food and Trash
Bears and other animals are attracted to anything edible or smelly.
* Store garbage in bear-proof containers, or store garbage in your garage until pick-up.
* Keep food indoors or in airtight and odor-free containers.
* Put away picnic leftovers; clean BBQ grills.
* Keep pet food inside, and bird feeders away.
* Pick up fallen tree fruit as soon as possible, or protect fruit trees with electric fencing.
* Remove cosmetic fragrances and other attractants, including bird feeders and compost piles.
* Install or request bear-proof trash containers.
Bear Country Precautions
* Keep a close watch on children, and teach them what to do if they encounter a bear.
* While hiking, make noise to avoid a surprise encounter with a bear.
* Never keep food in your tent.
* Store food and toiletries in bear-proof containers or in an airtight container in the trunk of your vehicle.
* Keep a clean camp by cleaning up and storing food and garbage immediately after meals.
* Use bear-proof garbage cans whenever possible or store your garbage in a secure location with your food.
* Never approach a bear or pick up a bear cub.
* If you encounter a bear, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to appear as large as possible.
* If attacked, fight back.
* If a bear attacks a person, immediately call 9-1-1.
When wild animals are allowed to feed on human food and garbage, they lose their natural ways - often resulting in death for the animal.
Please respect and protect wild animals.
Keep them wild.
Residents should call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121 if a bear is spotted nearing a populated area in the Santa Clarita Valley. If it is poses immediate danger to any person you should promptly call 9-1-1 and be prepared to provide detailed information to the dispatcher pertaining to the location of the animal.
Additional information on living in bear country and the California Department of Fish and Game's complete brochure and safety tips can be found at the following link: "Keep Me Wild"  California Black Bear information.