With Warmer Weather, Bears Are Waking Up!
By: Kris Hazelton
With the warm weather in Estes Park, the bears are beginning to awaken a bit earlier this season and as usual, they’re waking up hungry!
The thing to remember is that when they wake up and there is not much natural food for them to eat, they will gravitate toward human food sources.
The bears are going to be looking for some quick and easy food sources and that would be garbage cans and dumpsters, birdfeeders (suet and seed feeders), fruit trees.
Residents are advised to keep human attractants away from bears, especially garbage!
Keep trash in bear proof areas
Do not put trash out until the morning of pickup
Use “bear proof” garbage containers or electric fencing
Do not feed pets outdoors and remove uneaten pet food immediately after feeding
Bear-proof gardens and compost
Bring in your birdfeeders and suet feeders
Clean BBQ grills or keep them in bear proof areas
Also, don’t be hesitant to educate your neighbors. If you follow these steps but neighbors don’t, bears will still come to your backyard.
By following just a few easy tips, we can live all learn to live in harmony with these bruins. By keeping bears out of your backyard, you help them live longer. Bears that become accustomed to people usually must be put down to keep you safe.