Bear Cub Hit and Killed by Speeding Car in Downtown Portola




Tragedy struck on Thursday afternoon this week in Portola when a black bear cub was hit and killed by a speeding driver in downtown Portola on Thursday Nov. 17th around 3pm, by the library and city park. Portola resident Ashlee Sims witnessed the aftermath:

“Mother bear was beside herself and very upset. I saw her afterwards and the look she gave me of panic is indescribable.. just writing about it makes me cry again, not sure if they put the baby out of it misery or what all the gunshots were about. Whole town is in an uproar over it.”

Comments on Facebook include:

“people drive crazy down that street”

“poor mama and baby I’m so very sad for her. I hope the jacka$$ who hit the baby got in trouble.”

“I would like to know who hit the bear I would imagine that person who “hit” the bear is around 180 pounds let’s put them in the road run them over and notify the family and say we didn’t see them…”

“How in the hell would someone be going so freaking fast not to see the cub 😢 Open your eyes and slow the F#¥k down! Idiots”

Bears should not be wandering around downtown Portola. They are hungry this time of year, getting ready to hibernate. When people leave out their garbage or feed the bears intentionally, it draws bears into towns where they are hit by cars or killed by wildlife wardens.

Remember, a fed bear is a dead bear. The best way to protect bear populations is to keep them wild. The Tahoe Bear League has some great resources on their website and tips on how humans and bears can coexist safely. Main tip is to never leave food out that bears can access. Scare them away with pots and pans if they are in the neighborhood.

Also, this area near the park and library needs traffic calming measures and greater enforcement of speeding. The bears are not the only ones whose kids are at risk! Write to Portola City Council and ask them to traffic calm the area by the park and library, step up enforcement, and aggressively cite people for leaving trash out overnight or feeding wild animals. We can do better, for the mother bear and all mothers who have lost kids to the violence of motorized traffic or dysfunctional wildlife practices.

Feather River Action! Presents: Crocker Grove Hike and Bring Your Own Picnic

 These old trees are what the USFS wants to cut. They are using the aspens as a greenwashed excuse to destroy an old grove of conifers. Conifers and aspens have been friends for thousands of years.


Sunday, July 31st, 9am

Visit this old grove of conifers before the logging companies destroy it in the name of “Aspen Restoration.” 

Feather River Action is our local community environmental group. Our mission is to defend the Feather River region from harm and build community. We are based in Portola.

Healthy forests cool and moisten the atmosphere and actually coax rain out of the clouds. Especially large trees provide wildlife habitat and sequester large quantities of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and into their trunks, roots, branches and leaves. Along with a phase out of fossil fuel use, protecting forests is our most powerful ally in preventing catastrophic rises in temperature that threaten our future.
Crocker Grove is one of the oldest conifer groves in Eastern Plumas County and it is currently under imminent threat from the Forest Service who want to cut it down as part of the “Mapes Crocker” logging project, ostensibly to protect the nearby Aspen trees. In reality, this logging plan will destroy a unique old grove of trees, increase fire risk and endanger— rather than protect— the Aspens.
Does this look like a healthy environment for Aspens or anyone else? This is what will result if the USFS plan goes ahead.
In a show of mismanagement and utter disregard for what the public has to say about management of our own public lands, the Forest Service striped trees to be cut even before public was notified or had a chance to comment on the Mapes Crocker plan.
We’ll meet at 9am at Portola Park across from the Library, then caravan up to the site near Lake Davis. It is a fairly easy, 10-15 minute hike in. We’ll picnic and have a discussion / talk about forest and fire policy and how effective fire prevention policy can intersect with ecological restoration / protection. We will also brainstorm ideas to stop the Crocker-Mapes debacle.

Bring lots of water, sun protection, sturdy shoes, and snacks/lunch. This is a great opportunity to make friends, connect with other locals who care about the forest and organize to protect it.

If you have questions please contact us.