#BearGoesEverywhere This week the Bear visited the incredible city of Avalon, located on the easterly side of Catalina Island, 22 miles off the coast of Long Beach, California. Catalina Island is known for one of its famous landmarks, the Catalina Casino, and, of course, the bison and other local wildlife. 

A couple of fun facts: The Catalina Casino was built in 1928, but was never used as a casino. The actual name casino comes from an Italian language, meaning “gathering place.” It was used as a ballroom and movie theatre. 

In 1924, the film “The Vanishing American” was filmed on Catalina Island. During that time, 14 bison were brought over to film certain parts in the movie. Due to the lack of funds, the film production was not able to ship the bison back and the bison became permanent residents on Catalina Island.

Catalina Island welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Visitors flock to the island to see the many landmarks, wildlife, and the available tours on land and by sea; or maybe just catch some sun on one of their many beaches. In the heart of the city sits Avalon Sheriff Station. The station was founded in 1963 and is staffed with 15 sworn personnel and 10 professional staff members who provide excellent public safety to the community of Santa Catalina Island, San Clemente Island and the ocean waters between the Islands and mainland Southern California. The station proudly services these communities with integrity, compassion and courage.

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Until next time, everyone stay safe and look out for the Bear in your city. #LASD