SAN ANSELMO (KPIX 5) – Marin County was still buzzing Friday, almost a day after a bear sighting in San Anselmo, and some residents wondered if they should expect more bears.
Meanwhile, wildlife officials told KPIX 5 that the bear was likely a first-time offender, an adolescent who wanted to break new ground, got lost, and then went hungry.
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The bear licked its paws crouched in an old oak tree and held court for three hours on Thursday evening in the Tamalpais Avenue area.
The bear, which weighed 200 pounds, was eventually chased out of the tree by Fish and Wildlife and ran back into the wild.
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If you’re wondering how a bear migrated to central Marin County, that’s out of the question, says Captain Patrick Foy, California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“This bear came down for some reason and ended up in San Anselmo. That is definitely not common, but it is not completely out of the realm of possibility, ”Foy told KPIX 5.
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Foy said somewhere near Point Reyes National Seashore and north of Mount Tamalpais was fair game for bears. This one was probably hungry.
“I think the animal is attracted to food, it ends up in that area where it probably smells like those human food sources, and that’s most likely what it attracts,” he said.
KPIX 5 asked hikers and bikers at Natalie Coffin Greene Park on Friday if they would change their outdoor strategy based on Thursday’s sighting.
“It’s a surprise and I applaud it. Kind of like Tahoe, lots of bears. This area is a bit populated for bears, but it doesn’t scare me, ”said mountain biker Steve Aiello.
“If I ran into one now, I have to admit I would be scared. I wouldn’t know whether to run or play dead or be quiet, “said Wanderer Donna Hale.
Foy said if you come across a bear the best you can do is give him a way out.
“You give him space. The most important thing is to give space to the bear and not put yourself in a position where you are between the bear and the place the bear wants to go to, ”he explained.
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KPIX 5 asked Fish and Wildlife if the drought conditions could have driven this bear out of the mountains. They said there are still springs of water up there and that his hunger for food was a more likely reason why he ended up in San Anselmo.