Juvenile Bear Romping Through Redway Area Yards
The photographer who sent the photo above said the bear “was about 6 feet from our kid when he went outside. [Our kid] carefully backed away until he could dash in the front door and tell us there was a bear outside.”
The US Forest Service has these suggestions on how to bear-proof your property:
Bears are attracted to anything that is edible or that they associate with food. Take precautions by implementing the following ideas:
- Garbage problems can be solved with the purchase and correct use of a bear-proof garbage container. Save money by sharing one with a neighbor! For approved bear-proof containers and where to buy them, visit the Tahoe Council for Wild Bears web site.
- Wait to put trash out until collection day.
- Don’t leave trash, groceries or animal feed in your car.
- Keep garbage cans clean and deodorize them with bleach or unscented ammonia.
- Harvest fruit off trees as soon as it is ripe, and promptly collect fruit that falls.
- Do not feed wildlife.
- Keep barbecue grills clean.
- Feed pets inside.
- Securely block access to sites such as crawl spaces under decks and buildings to reduce the potential of hibernation under structures.
- Don’t leave any scented products outside, even non-food items such as suntan lotion, insect repellent, soap and/or candles.
- Keep doors and windows secure from intrusions. Scents can lure bears inside.
- When unoccupied, empty cabins of all food and scented products or keep them in a scent free, bear-proof container.