Multiple Reports of Bear Sighting in San Diego

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013  |  Updated 9:58 PM PDT
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People reported a possible bear sighting near Kearny Mesa on Wednesday afternoon. Diana Guevara reports.

People reported a possible bear sighting near Kearny Mesa on Wednesday afternoon. Diana Guevara reports.

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The Department of Fish and Game will investigate reports of a bear sighting made Wednesday near Murphy Canyon.

San Diego police received reports from multiple witnesses that a bear had been spotted near the San Diego County sheriff’s station on Ridgehaven Court.

Officers contacted deputies that they were looking in the area behind the station located south of Balboa Avenue and west of Interstate 15. Deputies weren't involved in the search.

Around 1 p.m., officers reported not finding anything so they called off the search and handed the incident over to fish and game wardens.

A city employee told NBC 7 San Diego employees were looking out the lunch room window when they saw a baby bear in the brush taking a nap.

Bears and other animals are attracted to anything edible or smelly according to the Department of Fish and Game (DF&G).

The website offers a map of the state showing where bears have been historically and where they are being sighted recently.

The department suggests if you ever encounter a bear, slowly back away. Do not approach the bear and allow it plenty of room to get by or back up.

To report a bear problem, homeowners can call DF&G at (858) 467-4201.

Check back for updates on this developing story.


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