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Bear mom and cub spotted in Atascadero Tuesday morning

Wildlife officials received several reports of a bear mother and her cub in the Curbaril and Yesal Ave. neighborhood of east Atascadero north of Heilmann Regional Park on Tuesday morning.

Atascadero has a lot of wildlife in the surrounding rural areas, including bears, but it’s unusual for them to venture into developed areas, said Department of Fish and Game Warden Dean Hileman.

Two wardens were dispatched to the area but could not locate the bears. The animals were not causing any problems and were probably just moving through the area.

If the wardens had found the bears, they would have kept people and cars away from them until they left the area, Hileman said.

Did you spot any bears this morning?

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