Another Sighting Of Black Bear In Santa Monica Mountains Turns Up

MALIBU ( — Another photo of a black bear roaming the Santa Monica Mountains has surfaced, this time in the Zuma/Trancas Canyons.

A wildlife camera in the area snapped a photo of a bear on June 10, nearly a month and a half before it walked in front of researchers’ cameras in Malibu Creek State Park, according to National Park Service spokesman Zach Behrens.

There’s no reason to think the bear captured on camera in the Zuma/Trancas Canyons is not the same bear spotted in Malibu Creek State Park, according to Behrens. If it is, then it is crossing some very fragmented terrain that includes homes and busy canyon roads that include Kanan Dume Road and Latigo Canyon Road, which is favored by motorcyclists and bikers, safely and without being detected.

The age or size of the bear is not known, as researchers have only seen evidence of the bear from cameras set throughout the Santa Monica Mountains.


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