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Old 07-02-2010, 02:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bear Attack at Union Valley Resivor

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EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. -- A search was under way Friday for a bear that attacked a person near Union Valley Reservoir in Eldorado National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service said the attack occurred at about 3 a.m. at the Yellowjacket Campground, located at the Sierra reservoir.

The victim, who was likely a camper, was taken to a hospital. The person's condition was not immediately known.

At least one shot was fired to scare the bear away, the Forest Service said.

Union Valley Reservoir is located northwest of Pollock Pines.

The California Department of Fish and Game was leading the investigation.
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I posted this in one of the two Bear Threads - we need to make sure that folks are aware and being careful this weekend up on the trail.
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Thank you! I did check the "bear" thread before I posted this one. I did not see anything so I posted this one. Looks like we posted at about the same time. No wonder I did not see it.
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EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. -- A search is under way Friday for a bear that attacked a camper near Union Valley Reservoir in Eldorado National Forest.

The attack occurred at about 2 a.m. at the Yellowjacket Campground, located at the Sierra reservoir.

Kirsten Macintyre with the California Department of Fish and Game said a husband and wife heard a noise outside their tent and saw a bear rummaging through a cooler.

The man went out with a gun and tried to shoo the bear away, Macintyre said. The bear charged the man, knocking him to the ground and scratching his face.

The bear left with food, Macintyre said. The man tried to shoo it away again, but the bear charged and knocked him down again.

Macintyre said the man then fired a shot from a .45-caliber pistol, and the animal ran away.

The victim was taken to a hospital and received 26 stitches.

Yellowjacket Campground as not evacuated after the attack.

The department is leading the investigation and is using tracking dogs to look for the bear.

The animal is described as a one-year-old black bear that weighs between 150 and 200 pounds.

The department said there have been six bear situations in the past six weeks in the Eldorado National Forest.

Union Valley Reservoir is located northwest of Pollock Pines.
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Aww, man. I hope it's not our blondy. Fits the age and size...
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Is that a far trek ? , I suppose if following the water downstream from Buck it may not be too far....
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The department said there have been six REPORTED bear situations in the past six weeks in the Eldorado National Forest.
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The department said there have been six bear situations in the past six weeks in the Eldorado National Forest.

Need to find out their definition of a "situation"
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Need to find out their definition of a "situation"
Most likely just a reported "sighting".
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Is that a far trek ? , I suppose if following the water downstream from Buck it may not be too far....
Bears cover ground pretty good well, and typical territory is 15 to 20 square miles, overlapping with other bears, Yellowjacket is at the end of Union Valley closest to Buck, so yeah, it's possible.

It ain't downstream, though

The water from Buck does eventually get to Union Valley, but only after passing through three tunnels, a canal and three powerhouses. But it's not downstream as the water from Buck gets diverted from the Hellhole drainage to the South Fork drainage at the Buck Tunnel.

Beside the point, Yellowjacket could conceivably be in the same range as Buck Island for a male black bear. It's about 10 miles as the crow flies, probably a bit more as the bear walks.
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Fish and Game has killed the bear after tracking it with dogs.
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Bear Attacks Camper In Eldorado National ForestELDORADO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (CBS 5 / AP) ― Click to enlarge1 of 1
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numSlides of totalImages State wildlife officials say a bear that attacked a man at a campground in Eldorado National Forest has been shot and killed by wardens.

A spokeswoman for the California Department of Fish and Game said after dogs tracked the bear, wardens shot it around 6:15 p.m. Friday.

The animal, described as a 1-year-old black bear, was identified by its paw print. It was located about a a quarter-mile from where it slashed a man's face at a campground near Union Valley Reservoir around 2 a.m. Friday.

Fish and Game spokeswoman Kirsten Macintyre says the man, who was armed with a .45-caliber pistol, scared the bear off by firing a shot.

The man, who has not been named, required 26 stitches after the attack.

The campground where the attack took place is in a remote area about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento.

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ID by paw print?
Im not a hunter, but that seems sketchy to me.... can you really ID a bear by its paw print? In dirt?
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depends on the quality of print but yes, the pads are unique to the animal and the claw tips leave a unique signature depending on what media the print is in and how soft it is.
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numSlides of totalImages State wildlife officials say a bear that attacked a man at a campground in Eldorado National Forest has been shot and killed by wardens.

A spokeswoman for the California Department of Fish and Game said after dogs tracked the bear, wardens shot it around 6:15 p.m. Friday.

The animal, described as a 1-year-old black bear, was identified by its paw print. It was located about a a quarter-mile from where it slashed a man's face at a campground near Union Valley Reservoir around 2 a.m. Friday.

Fish and Game spokeswoman Kirsten Macintyre says the man, who was armed with a .45-caliber pistol, scared the bear off by firing a shot.

The man, who has not been named, required 26 stitches after the attack.

The campground where the attack took place is in a remote area about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento.
I was at Wench creek wendsday night about 2-3 miles from yellow jacket.when a redis bear snached my watermelon out of the bed of my truck,the story I herd the bear got in a cooler only tent.when the guy went in after it and tried to shoo it away bear handed.
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Bears cover ground pretty good well, and typical territory is 15 to 20 square miles, overlapping with other bears, Yellowjacket is at the end of Union Valley closest to Buck, so yeah, it's possible.

It ain't downstream, though

The water from Buck does eventually get to Union Valley, but only after passing through three tunnels, a canal and three powerhouses. But it's not downstream as the water from Buck gets diverted from the Hellhole drainage to the South Fork drainage at the Buck Tunnel.

Beside the point, Yellowjacket could conceivably be in the same range as Buck Island for a male black bear. It's about 10 miles as the crow flies, probably a bit more as the bear walks.
Way to much easy picking in and around Union Valley. My bet is he stays put and does not travel due to the surplus of carelessness in and around UV.
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Way to much easy picking in and around Union Valley. My bet is he stays put and does not travel due to the surplus of carelessness in and around UV.
I'll take that bet.

from above..."officials say a bear that attacked a man at a campground in Eldorado National Forest has been shot and killed by wardens."

But otherwise I'd have to agree with you. A lot of food available for a bear around the U.V. campgrounds.
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