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Bears Gone Wild in Calif.

By Tuesday, 05 July 2016 10:25 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The Park Service has endured quite a bit of criticism for it’s policy of killing bears who attack taxpayers. “Developing a taste for human flesh” and cutting down on potential government revenue is a deadly combination.

But what does one do with a brown bear that develops a taste for lounging in the pool?

It’s a closely held secret that even in California — noted weather paradise where the climate can almost compensate for the crushing taxes — it can become unbearably hot in the summer months. And even more so for those nature has issued a fur coat without a zipper.

Shannon Lievense was visiting her parents in Bradbury, Calif. and, as she told ABC7, she noticed footprints near the pool that gave her paws. The next thing she saw was a bear streaking around the corner and leaping into her parent’s swimming pool.

Before you jump to conclusions and anticipate wildlife going all "Revenant" on unsuspecting suburbanites, take a deep breath. Lievense explains, “He continued to play around for about 20 minutes. We watched him play with the different rafts, and my baby’s pool toys.”

Fortunately, just to be on the safe side, the baby was elsewhere.

So what’s a homeowner to do when he sees a large ursus in the pool doing the bear crawl?

Bradbury is positioned in the San Gabriel Valley close to the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountain range. Over the years residents have had a number of encounters with embarrassed visitors and most of them follow the advice to give the animals plenty of forbearance — and room, too.

And that goes double for the pool, where most homeowner’s policies lack a claws for bears gone bad.

Ms. Lievense is not bearing the burden of planning for another totally bear swimming party alone. Less than a year ago another homeowner in La Canada, located 20 miles from Bradbury, found a furry floater in his pool that also stayed for 20 minutes of fun in the water.

With the heat in California really bearing down this summer, residents who live near bear habitat and also own pools may as well prepare for uninvited guests.

Highs in Palm Springs are predicted to reach upwards of 123 degrees. In that part of the state the barometer always indicates low humidity.

But in Los Angeles, where the chance of running into one is barely there, the heat may top 100 degrees and the humidity can climb, too.

I suppose pool–owning residents, who would rather have Donald Trump in their pool than a bear, could always put the cover on or drain it completely.

But that seems like a drastic solution.

Wouldn’t it be more fun to fill the pool with toys, put some classical music on the loudspeakers and go for bearoque?

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.


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