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Bear Safety (2024)

Monday, April 1, 2024

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Bear Safety (2024)

Monday, April 1, 2024

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A brown grizzly bear with tiny brown eyes

As the weather warms up and Alaska’s wilderness comes alive with the promise of spring and summer, it’s crucial to remember that we share our neighborhoods with some of nature’s most majestic yet formidable creatures—bears.

Essential Tips

  1. Secure Your Trash: Bears have an incredible sense of smell, and an unsecured trash bin is an open invitation for them to explore. Keep trash bins secured in the garage until pick up day.
  2. Keep Outdoor Spaces Clean: From barbecue grills to bird feeders (note: bird feeders are not permitted on JBER between 1 April and 30 April), anything that smells like food can attract bears. After outdoor gatherings, clean up thoroughly and remove any traces of food or leftovers; this includes storing pet food indoors.
  3. Stay Bear Aware: Take extra precautions and familiarize yourself with bear behavior and signs of their presence.
  4. Secure Your Home: Keep doors and windows securely locked, especially at night. If you encounter a bear near your home, remain calm, and never approach or corner it. Instead, give the bear space to leave on its own.
  5. Be Prepared: In the event of a bear encounter, always carry bear spray and know how to use it effectively. Additionally, familiarize yourself with local resources, such as JBER wildlife authorities and emergency contacts, in case of emergencies.

By implementing these simple yet crucial safety measures, we can enjoy the beauty of Alaska’s wilderness while minimizing risks to ourselves and our furry neighbors.