Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Bears generally will avoid humans unless they grow accustomed to eating human food or garbage.
Making sure your home and yard are bear-proof is an essential part of making our community safe for both bears and people.
Here's what you can do:
Never feed the bears! Not even once! It's illegal to feed bears for any purpose. When bears become accustomed to eating human food, they often are a threat to human safety and it leads to their destruction.
Keep your home bear-attractant free. Don't attract bears to your property with available garbage, bird feeders, bird baths, fruit trees and berry bushes, gardens, compost, dirty barbecues (grease cans or drip trays) or pet food.
Don't leave any garbage outside near the house or on decks. Store garbage in closed, sturdy cans kept inside a shed or garage. Put garbage out on the day of pickup only.
Make birdfeeders inaccessible to bears by hanging them 10 feet off the ground or higher or take them down. Hummingbird feeders should always be brought in at night.
After BBQing outside, make sure the grill is thoroughly cleaned and store it in a closed sturdy shed or garage. Bears will destroy BBQs that have even the slightest lingering scent of food.
Don't leave pet food or pet dishes outside and don't feed pets outside.
Don't leave food in cars. Roll up windows and lock doors. Don't leave behind gum, mints, chapstick or even empty wrappers.
Don't leave accessible windows or doors open or unlocked, especially lower level windows. Screens are not bear-proof. Bears can and will climb through open windows and doors.
Use specially designed bear deterrents - remotely triggered lights, noisemakers, and sprinklers - to discourage bears from entering your property, especially while you are away for extended periods. You can also purchase Bear Pepper Spray at most sports stores.
If you encounter a bear while walking or hiking, remain calm and don't make eye contact. Talk softly and back away slowly. Do not run. Give the bear plenty of space and an easy escape route. If you encounter a bear at home, stay in a doorway and yell, bang pans, etc., to let the bear know it is not welcome.
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