Officials remind Juneau residents to be bear aware

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010

JUNEAU - Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials are reminding residents that bears will soon be emerging from hibernation and will be looking to restore lost energy reserves.

Early April brought a handful of calls concerning bear sightings, according to a release from the organization.

The department recommends residents make household garbage and waste unavailable to bears through the use of tool sheds, garages, or other bear-proof containers. In addition, pet food should remain indoors and bird feeders should now be removed. Afterall, it is illegal to negligently leave out food and garbage in a manner that attracts bears, according to ADF&G regulation 5 AAC 92.230.

Residents with chicken coops, fruit trees and fish smokers should consider the use of an electric fence to protect against damage caused by bears.

The absence of human-causes scents and attractants will force bears to seek natural sources of foods.

For more information contact the Douglas office of the ADF&G at 465-4265.



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