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BEAR AWARENESS

Reduce the risk of close encounters with bears:

Let Someone Know: where you are going and when you plan to return.

Keep Children Close: to you and within your immediate sight at all times.

Avoid damage to your vehicle by NOT leaving any foods, drinks, coolers (even if empty) or any empty fast food bags or packaging in your vehicle. A bear’s acute sense of smell can detect odors even though your vehicle is sealed. Furthermore, if your vehicle is damaged by bears in posted areas, you may be fined as well. Don’t chance it. Remember to use appropriate bear boxes for your food storage. The bears will thank you as well.

Make Noise: Talk, sing or clap your hands to let a bear know of your presence. Don’t rely on bells, usually they are too quiet. Shout often, especially when traveling upwind, near streams and waterfalls, or when you cannot see the path ahead (avoid thick brush).

Be Alert: Watch for bear sign such as tracks, droppings, diggings, rolled over rocks, scratch marks on trees and logs that are torn apart. Carry binoculars and scan ahead periodically.

Don’t Hike Alone or at Night: Bears and mountain lions are most active at dawn, dusk and night, but can be encountered any time. Groups of three or more people tend to make more noise and appear more formidable. This makes groups safer than solo hikers.

Avoid Odorous Items: Leave foods and beverages with strong odors, scented deodorants and lotions and other odorous items at HOME. A bear’s acute sense of smell can detect odors from great distances. Dry foods are both lighter and less smelly.

Stay with Your Gear: Don’t leave your packs, food or beverages unattended; even food or beverages stored under water may attract bears.

Bicyclists and runners should carefully select the areas they are recreating in and be extra alert in mountain lion, bear and rattlesnake country. Speed and quietness increases risks of a sudden encounter. A mountain lion my see a lone mountain biker whizzing by as deer-like prey.

Hike at a pace everyone can maintain and stay together. Mountain lions and some bears behave in a predatory manner and will seek the easiest target. Don’t hike ahead or allow someone to fall behind, especially children and pets.

Common causes of attacks while hiking:

  • Not making sufficient noise.
  • Approaching or surprising an animal at close range, especially a bear.
  • Getting close to a carcass or other food source.
  • Startling a female bear with cubs.
  • Hiking off trail or at night.

Reporting a problem

If a bear behaves aggressively or attacks, contact the Bishop office of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG) at (760) 872-1171. In addition, you can also contact the Inyo National Forest Dispatch Center at (760) 873-2405. If an encounter or attack occurs after business hours, call the DFG’s 24-hour dispatch at (916) 445-0045. The Department will assess the threat to public safety and take appropriate action.

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If you plan to be in the area at the end of March, grab your tickets to this event early - it is usually a full house! Hosted by Inyo Council for the Arts, it is two evenings of adventure, culture, art, and good causes. Each night features different films - so get tickets for both 😁.Tickets for the 2019 Banff Film Festival go on sale February 18th! Tickets are $15 per night and are available at Eastside Sports and Inyo Council for the Arts in Bishop and Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes. ******NOTE: Due to non-cooperation by the weather, tickets may not be available at Booky Joint on February 18th. We are working on getting the tickets up there as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience! Tickets will still be available on the 18th at Eastside Sports and ICA, and by calling ICA.****** Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! This year’s exhilarating and provocative films explore remote landscapes, highlight mountain cultures, and feature exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports. The festival will take place Friday, March 29th, and Saturday, March 30th. Screenings are in the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop. Doors open at 6pm, films start at 7pm, with different films shown each night. Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival is brought to the Eastern Sierra by Inyo Council for the Arts. For more information and tickets, call Inyo Council for the Arts at 760-873-8014 or visit www.inyo.org. ... See MoreSee Less

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In town for the weekend? Don't forget to check out our great local merchants and galleries, including this new one on Main Street. Find more here: www.bishopvisitor.com/activities/arts-photography/ or stop by the Visitors Center at the Bishop City Park, across street from Schat's Bakkery! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello friends and fans of the Eastern Sierra! The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau will be participating in the 2019 LA Travel & Adventure Show this weekend at the LA Convention Center! We hope you'll stop by our booth to pick up a free visitor guide. The first 150 people to use our promo code, VIPBSHP, will receive a free ticket to the show! Visit LATravelShow.com to get your ticket! ... See MoreSee Less

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