Sometimes those automated cameras that are set up deep inside parks show some interesting visitors. At the Modini Ingalls Ecological Preserve and Mayacamas Mountains Sanctuary, the 1,750-acre preserve  northeast of Healdsburg, an Audubon Canyon Ranch motion-sensor camera captured this shot of a black bear at 8 p.m. on Aug. 31.

The land, which has been owned by the Modini and Ingalls families for more than a century and was donated to the Audubon group, will never be developed and is intended to be a permanent sanctuary for native plants and wildlife. In addition to bears, mountain lions and bobcats and golden eagles are also frequently spotted there.

Photo credit: Audubon Canyon Ranch



  1. Sheri Cardo

    This bear looks pretty happy to have a safe home.

    November 20th, 2012 3:10 pm

  2. Skippy

    The obvious question is, did he use the approved sanitary facilities or did he just ____ in the woods?
    After all, he is a bear.
    Maybe we can answer that age-old mystery at last.

    November 20th, 2012 3:25 pm

  3. Jim O'Brien

    Black Bear are doing real well throughout north-eastern Sonoma County. That’s good, but expect some problems.


    November 27th, 2012 8:33 am

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