Keeping Bears Away
As the weather warms, black bears begin waking up from hibernation and have returned to our area. Please take time now to ensure your trash and compost are secured and bear-proof!
Typically, bears that find food sources in town are likely to stay close to town, which increases the chance of human encounters and the bears losing their natural fear of people. As bears become more comfortable around people, the more aggressive they become. Aggressive bears pose not only a serious danger to people and property, but also to themselves, as in many cases, CPW must either relocate the bears or euthanize them.
Following these tips to bear proof your home or business can help protect you, your family and hopefully save a bear.
- Put your trash out the morning of your trash pick up.
- Do NOT put it out the night before.
- If possible, store your trash and compost in a house, garage, shed or other enclosed area until the morning of collection.
- Remove bird feeders. Feed birds in winter months only.
- Both Western Disposal and One Way Trash Service offer bear proof trash bins for residential and commercial services. Contact your trash provider and ask about their bear proof system containers.