Bear Attack Near Santa Paula

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Source: Ventura County Sheriff's Office

Nature of Incident: Bear Attack Advisory
Location: Unincorporated area of Santa Paula
Date & Time: August 15, 2020 @ 11:55 a.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Santa Clara Valley Sheriff’s Station and California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Narrative:
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating a bear attack that occurred Saturday, in the unincorporated area of Santa Paula near Aliso Canyon Road.  A man working at a local ranch was attacked by a bear and was treated and released for minor injuries. 
 
Wildlife, such as bears, commonly live near ranch properties and orchards.  People living and working in these areas are encouraged to be aware of their presence and avoid direct contact with wildlife.
 
In the event of a bear sighting, the public is encouraged to contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at (858) 467-4201.
 
For more information on how to coexist with bears and other wildlife in California, go to www.wildlife.ca.gov/keep-me-wild
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a-1597856335 Aug 19, 2020 09:58 AM
Bear Attack Near Santa Paula

" ...treated and released for minor injuries". Sounds like more than a confrontation but less than an attack.

Babycakes Aug 19, 2020 07:55 AM
Bear Attack Near Santa Paula

MiniBeats: Sadly, if found, this bear will most likely will be euthanized by F&G. The bear probably has health issues and likely to attack again. The worker who was attacked is very lucky to have survived the experience, but will forever be traumatized by this event. Ranchers quite often take matters into their own hands as well, and they do not report it when they "dispatch" a problem animal such as this bear. Ranchers take no joy in having to do this, but know if they do not, there WILL be a "next" time. I seem to recall that a woman was badly injured in a bear attack some years back on Matilija Trail (could have been a different trail).

Minibeast Aug 19, 2020 11:53 AM
Bear Attack Near Santa Paula

BABYCAKES. Perhaps you’re thinking of the woman in Carp who was walking her dogs off-leash through an avocado orchard. She said later that she saw fresh bear scat, but decided to continue with her walk. Her two dogs raced off and flushed out a bear, which then came at her and raked her back. If I remember correctly, she insisted the bear not be killed.

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