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Plumas-Eureka State Park Handbook

Plumas-Eureka State Park Handbook

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Published by: California State Parks on Jul 12, 2010
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Name of Park
State Park
lack Bears in
alifornia State Parks
State Parks and Campgrounds in theSierra District are situated in areas thatare also black bear habitat.
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Thanks to the ollowing agenciesor their assistance:
El Dorado CountyU.S. Forest Service,Lake Tahoe Basin Management UnitCaliornia Department o Fish and GameU.S Fish and Wildlie ServiceTahoe Council or Wild BearsYosemite National Park Sequoia National Park 
Caliornia State Parks, Sierra District:
Mono Lake State Tua Natural ReserveBodie SHPGrover Hot Springs SPLake Valley SRAWashoe Meadows SPEmerald Bay SPDL Bliss SPEd Z’berg Sugar Pine Point SPWard Creek UnitTahoe SRABurton Creek SPKings Beach SRADonner Memorial SPPlumas Eureka SPMalako Diggins SHPEmpire Mine SHPSouth Yuba River SP
 For more inormation contact:Park Oce, Campground Entry Station or
Caliornia State ParksSierra District Headquarters7360 West Lake Blvd. (Highway 89)Tahoma, CA 96142(530) 525-7232
Blck b
(Ursus americanus)
are an important componento Caliornia’s ecosystems anda valuable natural legacy orthe people o Caliornia. Theblack bear is the only specieso bear remaining in Caliorniaand Nevada. The common nameo black bear is misleading;Caliornia black bears may beblack, brown, cinnamon, evenblonde; sometimes with a whitepatch on the chest.
Bear enCounters -
 Never approach a bear!
In the campground:
Do not run. Be aggressive; assert your dominance by standing talland making noise to scare the bear away. Banging pots and pans together and shoutingloudly may work.
In the woods:
This is the bear’s territory; respectthat and do not run. Make eye contact, butdon’t stare. Pick up small children. Makeyoursel appear as large as possible. Staycalm and quiet, back away slowly.Black bears will usually avoidconrontation with humans.Bears will oten climb a treei rightened and usuallywon’t come down aslong as humansor dogs arepresent.
Get outo the way!
I the bear attempts to get away,do not block the bear’s escape route.
Report all bear encounters:
in State Parkcampgrounds and picnic grounds to the parkofce, entrance station, campground hosts or torangers on patrol.
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Strict regulations are in place toreduce conficts between humansand bears. There is
 zero tolerance
 or non-compliance.
are available at Sierra DistrictCampgrounds.
 provided unless it is being activelyused or transported.
 vehicle in the campground.
 must be discarded.
 sta conscating ood and/or issuinga citation.
What youknow and docan preventinjury to bears,property, evento you, youramily andriends!
on seasonal availability o ood.Black bears’ diets consist o six oodcategories: grasses, berries, nuts,insects, small mammals, wood ber,and carrion (decaying fesh).Food shortages occur in summerand all when wild ood is no longeravailable. Then, bears get bolderand travel arther searching or ood.Human encounters with bears may bemore requent during these times.The trunk o your car and coolers are
associate wrappers and containers withood and can identiy them by sight.They also learn to open some kinds o vehicle doors.
Black bears can be activeanytime during the day or night. Aswinter approaches, bears will orageor ood up to 20 hours a day to storeenough at to sustain them throughhibernation.Black bears may scavenge in garbagecans and dumpsters, and break intoand demolish the interiors o houses,garages, cars and campers. Bears willalso raid campsites and ood cachesand sometimes injure people. Otenthese incidents are the result o carelesshuman behavior. Black bears will seek to avoid conrontation with humans.I encountered, always leave them anescape route.
Black Bears
typically weigh 100 to 400pounds and measure between 4 and 6eet rom tip o nose to tail. Males arelarger than emales. Some adult malesmay weigh over 500 pounds.Black bears have curved claws thatallow them to climb trees. They otenclimb to retreat rom threats, includinghumans. A healthy bear may run up to30 miles per hour or short distances.Black bears are excellent swimmersand are capable o crossing up to 1 ½miles o open resh water or ood.
Bears are omnivorous; theirteeth are designed or crushing ood
carnivores. Bears’ diets are based
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