Large bear seen near Main Street businesses |

Large bear seen near Main Street businesses

A large bear was spotted at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday on the 500 block of East Main Street in Grass Valley.

A caller told police they saw the bear near businesses and the now-vacant car lots used by the Weaver Auto and Truck Center before it was moved to Idaho-Maryland Road. A spokesperson at the police department said there have been a lot of bear sightings lately in the Grass Valley area.

Bears are normally foraging for winter hibernation food this time of year, and California Fish and Game officials urge people to bring their garbage, pet food and bird feeders indoors. According to Jason Holley, a wildlife biologist for the department, the Grass Valley area is bear habitat and more reports of bear sightings at lower elevations come in every year.

“Bears are just extremely adaptive and they learn people equal food,” Holley said in an interview this past summer.

Holley said there are 30,000 bears in California now compared to 13,000 some 20 years ago. Mix those numbers with foothill growth trends and you get more sightings and bears looking for food, he said.

There have been a large number of bear sightings in or near Grass Valley and Nevada City this year, including two home intrusions in the Idaho-Maryland Drive and Loma Rica Drive areas.

Holley said people spotting a bear in their yard or trying to enter their home should yell and throw things at it to scare it away.


To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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