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This blog is predominately about camera trapping in California. We camera trap to save our souls and to teach primary school students about biology and conservation. We will also touch on other camera trapping news and musings, sets from afar, mediocre herpetology, sucky birding, and other natural history discussions.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Black Bear in West Marin

There have been several reported sightings of a Black Bear in West Marin County.  While black bears are seen from time to time in West Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties it is a rare sighting.
Point Reyes National Seashore staff has received a half-dozen reports in recent weeks from visitors and local residents about an unusual visitor roaming the area -- a black bear.
"Although none of these reports have been confirmed by staff, it seems likely that at least one black bear is visiting the seashore and surrounding lands," said John Dell'Osso, chief of interpretation at the seashore.
The bear was last spotted a week ago about 1.5 miles from the aptly named Bear Valley Trail trailhead near seashore headquarters. It also has been spotted at Tomales Bay State Park, Tomales Point and there has been evidence -- a torn-up trash can -- that it has been at Heart's Desire Beach.
Dell'Osso said there shouldn't be any cause for alarm.
Maybe we need to think about bear proofing our Marin County cameras!


  1. Hope you get some pics of the bear. I bear proofed my cameras after I had one torn from the tree. For some reason the bears love to get up close and personal with the cameras.

  2. This is exciting and will have all kinds of percussions and repercussions. We'll consider this report a prepercussion.