A mama black bear and two nearly grownup cubs found overnight sanctuary on Saturday, Nov. 4 in a lichen-curtained western hemlock at the east end of 10th Street North in Long Beach. Photographer Jane Winckler Webb initially noticed a black clump in her backyard tree. Further investigation found three bears high in the branches. “They finally crawled down and started on their way. Oh wait, we have a straggler — all together and there they go. BRRRRRR it was cold,” Webb commented. The primeval conservation area in the Peninsula’s interior — preserved thanks to the generosity of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and others — harbors a wealth of wildlife. Bears don’t hibernate here, but may be tempted to raid food sources in town as they prepare for winter downtime. Avoid conflicts by keeping garbage beyond their reach.