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Ojaians Advised To Coexist With Bears

By Logan Hall

The Ojai Valley has an ongoing duality of man vs. nature. On one hand, Ojai is a bustling town of locals and tourists busily moving around the streets and sidewalks. On the other hand, the valley and its surrounding mountains, have an abundance of wildlife that includes many diverse species of animals. The two coexist peacefully most of the time, but when humans collide with nature on a regular basis, one side will inevitably end up encroaching on the other. Such was the case of the infamous killing of the Ojai bear last year.
In an effort to try to prevent these clashes from happening in the future, the Ojai Wildlife League hosted a lecture and workshop at Theater 150 on Saturday led by Ann Bryant, director of the Bear League based in Lake Tahoe, to help educate Ojai on the proper way to handle a situation where bears come in contact with people in town. “People generally don’t know what to do if they encounter a bear,” said Bryant. “They just don’t understand. We can help train them to respond when bears come through.”
The first thing that Bryant and her organization want to stress, is that one of a bear’s primary motivations is food. Bears have a keen sense of smell which will lead them into urban areas when other food sources are scarce. Many times, the bear will see a residential neighbor

The Ojai Valley has an ongoing duality of man vs. nature. On one hand, Ojai is a bustling town of locals and tourists busily moving around the streets and sidewalks. On the other hand, the valley and its surrounding mountains, have an abundance of wildlife that includes many diverse species of animals. The two coexist peacefully most of the time, but when humans collide with nature on a regular basis, one side will inevitably end up encroaching on the other. Such was the case of the infamous killing of the Ojai bear last

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