Dead Bears In California Canal A Mystery

Fifteen Dead Bruins Have Been Found So Far

cbs13.com, Bear Hunting Magazine
11/29/2007

It's a baffling problem in the foothills. Fifteen bears and two mountain lions have been found drowned in a PG&E waterway in just one month.

"This heightened number of bear deaths is absolutely alarming and unusual," said Nicole Tam, PG&E.

It's unusual because bears are good swimmers, and also because dead bears have showed up in the canal since it was built three years ago.

The canal provides electricity to thousands of homes. But only recently, did the animals' carcasses appear in the canal -- 15 bears and two mountain lions between Sept.15-Oct. 15 -- that's one every two days.

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