The Bears Are Getting Pregnant

Santa Ana winds, possibly year’s biggest, hit Southern California and may lead to power outages, officials said. The National Weather Service said Wednesday that a new front brought by the upper edge of the…

The Bears Are Getting Pregnant

Santa Ana winds, possibly year’s biggest, hit Southern California and may lead to power outages, officials said.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday that a new front brought by the upper edge of the winter storm “has resulted in an area of strong and sustained winds that have produced gusts up to 75 mph at the coast and inland areas…”

California National Guard and fire-fighting personnel are working to restore electric power to some areas, officials said. Public Safety officials urged people to avoid areas with power outages that could be long-lasting as crews repair high-voltage lines.

The fire was a major wildfire that started Aug. 6 in the foothills of Los Angeles County. It grew for days, destroying more than 5,000 structures and forcing the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people in the area, including 10,000 people in the San Bernardino, Lake, Santa Fe and San Gabriel mountains, and some areas in Los Angeles County.

The fire, which is 80 percent contained, has destroyed more than 1,000 buildings, destroyed more than 180,000 acres of land and sent hundreds of people to the hospital, authorities said.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said Monday that a grizzly bear in Southern California died of natural causes and was found by a hunter Sunday afternoon.

Officials said Donnie Taggart and his sister discovered Taggart’s body at their cabin in the Cuyamaca Mountains, southeast of Los Angeles.

Taggart killed himself less than a year after finding, and being reunited with, his wife, who had been abducted by poachers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a news release.

The news release said Taggart’s wife and infant daughter were rescued and are in good health.

Officials also said a female black bear recently discovered by hunters and released to the San Diego Zoo had become pregnant.

“The bear’s progeny are currently being evaluated in Wildlife Conservation Center’s habitat management unit,” officials said in a news release. “Due to the unique circumstances of this individual animal, the species was added to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing in August 2003.”

The bear had been “living in a remote area of the

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