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.