Friday, March 31, 2023

Black Bear Cools Off in Water Cistern East of Lake Mendocino


The following is a post published on the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Lake Mendocino Facebook page:

Feeling like the recent heat is a tad un-bear-able? Try walking around in a fur coat! These images of a Black Bear cooling off in an old water cistern were recently captured by a wildlife camera on the east side of Lake Mendocino.

This behavior is likely caused by heat stress; the temperature at the time of recording was 105°F, in the shade. Remember, all the animals of the forest are affected by extremes in drought and temperature that occur with climate change.#LakeMendocino#USACE#USACESPN#ClimateChange



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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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