The Student News Site of The Webb Schools

Webb Canyon Chronicle

The Student News Site of The Webb Schools

Webb Canyon Chronicle

The Student News Site of The Webb Schools

Webb Canyon Chronicle

Bear sighting shakes up Webb campus

Fiona Jiang (‘22)
After being tranquilized by the California Fish & Game Department, the bear lies peacefully in the back of the warden’s truck. He would soon be relocated twenty miles away from The Webb Schools.

You are walking back to your dorm during lunch, and you spot a large, brown bear roaming the hallways of Alamo. What do you do? Webb students were faced with this decision on the afternoon of August 28, as a young brown bear intruded upon Webb’s campus, foraging for food and napping in Iverson Park. 

Although there have been other bears on Webb’s campus before, according to Dr. Theresa Smith, Assistant Head of Schools, this particular bear was overly persistent. In cases such as this one, the school is forced to call the California Fish & Game Department, as they have wardens who are expertly trained in dealing with the preservation and relocation of wildlife. 

The issue could have been dangerous for both the bear and the students, but–thanks to Janet Peddy, Director of Finance, Planning, and Operations–everything remained under control. 

Ms. Peddy said, “I believe giving people truthful information is always best to maintain a calm environment. I was concerned about the students reacting to the warden carrying a rifle and wanted to make sure they knew what was going on.” 

However, despite being faced with an unpredictable wildlife situation, students did not seem to be anywhere near panic mode. Many Webbies, including Fiona Jiang (‘22), took videos or pictures of the bear and posted them on their social media accounts. 

Fiona said, “[The bear] is so cute, and so fluffy. I want to pet it.” 

The Webb Student Handbook suggests that, “If you come into contact with a large animal such as a black bear or mountain lion and feel threatened, do not run. You may trigger the animal’s instinct to chase you.”  

Dr. Smith released an official announcement covering the bear situation at 3 p.m. on the 28th, when she sent out a blast titled “Bear Update” to all Webbies on Student News. She constructed a concise yet comprehensive email. 

Dr. Smith said, “I wanted to try my best to be informative to our student body since the majority is concerned about the bear’s safety.” 

Steve Hutzell, the head of Webb’s security team, said, “The bears are attracted to food odors and have an extraordinary sense of smell. The school has taken great strides in bear-proofing the campus. Measures include bear-proof containers, food waste recycling programs at the dining hall and purchasing a trash truck that allows us to remove food waste daily. Students can help by picking up their food trash and putting it into appropriate containers.” 

The bear’s well-being was important throughout the process, as the California Fish & Game Department wanted to make sure he was safely relocated 20 miles away from the campus. Ms. Peddy believes the bear may be back within the next few days since bears are territorial animals. 

It is crucial that our community continues to follow bear-proof protocols to limit interactions with wildlife on campus. This plan includes picking up trash, ensuring it is in a bear-proof trash can, and leaving doors closed. 

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributors
Enya Chi, Co-Editor of Technology
Enya Chi ('20) is a first year staff writer for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. At Webb, she often finds herself engrossed in the humanities. Her favorite class was Advanced Studies Existentialism and the Human Condition, as it allowed her to further develop her interests in philosophy and sociology. Like a turtle, Enya considers herself steady and unrelenting, two traits that would serve her well as an aspiring lawyer. She hopes that she will have the opportunity to fight for people who are not as fortunate as her and help those who need it most. In her free time, she loves to go on runs to the Village with her friends and enjoy a good bowl of poke with a side of boba. As a new journalist, she hopes to cover various social issues and events.
Amelie Cook, Copy Editor
Amelie Cook (‘20) is entering her third year in journalism and is ecstatic for her new position as Copy Editor. Amelie balances her time in journalism with being a Day Student Prefect and babysitter on the weekends. She spent most of her summer babysitting amazing kids and visiting family when she got the chance. As a DSP, she is responsible for improving day student life and hosting fun events on campus. She loves listening to her favorite artist Bazzi and reading murder mystery books. The secret to Amelie's boundless enthusiasm is to sleep—a lot. Once awake, she focuses her energy on environmental issues as she believes society should put more emphasis on combating climate change.
Christopher Haliburton, Co-Editor of Opinion
Christopher Haliburton (‘20) is enthusiastic about his new position as Co-Editor of Opinion for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. This year, Christopher decided to make the transition from day student to boarder, which has helped him create a more balanced schedule between the responsibility of serving as co-head of the Honor Cabinet, playing football, and running track. In his free time, Christopher enjoys listening to Beyoncé or Chance the Rapper, playing video games, and staying up-to-date on his favorite TV shows, such as Stranger Things. He is primarily interested in social justice issues because he hates to see people being mistreated. Christopher is most excited to contribute to the Opinion section and expand the audience of the WCC to people of more diverse backgrounds this year. 
Kara Sun, Co-Editor of Media
Kara Sun (’20) is an all-out foodie. Like any typical SoCal girl, her favorite food is In-N-Out. Deciding to explore her passion of discovering new food, she traveled beyond California and enjoyed tacos in Mexico and oyakodon in Japan in summer 2019. A characteristic that defines Kara is her dual-personality—she describes herself as both an introvert and an extrovert, just like a cat that is secretly a wannabe dog. As a dorm prefect, Kara enjoys socializing and helping people, but she also values her alone time in which she usually watches Netflix or listens to Billie Eilish. Human behavior intrigues Kara and she wishes to pursue this passion in college, so it is no surprise that Kara's favorite course at Webb is Literature and Psychology. Kara is also nostalgic: she loves the old Spider-Man because it brings up childhood memories, and she recommends you watch it too.
Cathy Wang, Editor-in-Chief
Cathy Wang (‘22), an international boarding student from Shanghai, returns to Webb this year not only as the Editor-in-Chief for the WCC- but also as a dorm prefect and admissions fellow. She is excited to be back on campus, taking new classes and reconnecting with the Webb community. So far, Cathy’s favorite course that she has taken at Webb has been Advanced Studies Fascism with Ms. Fisher, which she enjoyed because of how the course related to current issues that she cares about, such as education and gender inequality. These are just a few of the topics that Cathy hopes to shed some more light on, both via the WCC and in person. Outside of classes, Cathy enjoys playing badminton and tennis, reading Latin literature or magical realism, and taking occasional trips to the Claremont Village. Additionally, you might also find her sipping her daily coffee or eating any kind of Japanese food. As the world slowly comes back from the pandemic and Webb shifts to in-person learning, Cathy hopes for the WCC to serve as a facilitator for the Webb community in fostering much-needed connections between people. Favorite song: "I Lost A Friend" by Finneas
Vivien Xi, Chief Copy Editor
Vivien Xi (‘21) is a positive and energetic soul from Shanghai, China. This year, she has taken on the role of Chief Copy Editor for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. She is perfect for the position because she is motivated, responsible, organized, and loves helping others. Over the summer, she interned at multiple financial firms and worked at a restaurant. Vivien’s spirit animal is a bee, because they are always working diligently and socializing with others. Vivien's busy bee work ethic will serve her well working on the WCC team and in her near future, especially since she wants to study economics and media. She enjoys playing tennis, eating sushi, and hanging out with friends and family. She wishes to make a positive impact in life, big or small. Vivien has gained a confident voice from working with the Webb Canyon Chronicle. This year, she plans to use her voice and platform on the WCC to speak out about healthcare systems around the world and how COVID-19 has impacted those systems.   

Comments (0)

All Webb Canyon Chronicle Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *