Alaska is beautiful, and spending long hours outside in the summer (while maintaining adequate social distancing) is an absolute must. There are, however, some extra precautions that must be taken during the Spring and Summer months.
Preventing Wildlife Encounters
1. Bird Feeders and Gardens
Bears love bird feeders and moose love gardens. Bird feeders are permitted in the winter months (October 30 to April 1) whilst bears are in hibernation, however they should be stowed away during the summer. Gardens can attract moose to your yard, while majestic, endearing and extraordinarily photogenic, moose can be just as dangerous as bears when protecting their young.
2. Roll Carts
Store them in your garage at all times (except on trash/recycling pickup days). When placed outside, make sure items inside the bins are securely bagged and that the lid closes.
3. Keep Food Inside
Pet and human food should be kept inside. Bears and Magpies are always looking for a quick snack, do not tempt them.
4. Report Wildlife
If aggressive or threatening wildlife is sighted in a neighborhood, it should be reported directly to JBER Security Forces at 907.552.3421. Security Forces will dispatch Conservation Law Enforcement personnel. They use a variety of techniques to track, deter, and maintain wildlife populations on the installation; reports from residents greatly assist their efforts in promoting a safe environment for all.
5. Follow Wilderness Best Practices
There is so much to do on JBER and in Alaska in the summer; ensure you have the proper tools before heading out.
- Carry bear spray and use bear bells when heading on hikes or outdoor adventures.
- Hike and explore in groups.
- Check the weather and pack appropriately.
- Carry first aid equipment.
- Let family and friends know your plans before heading out.
- Keep your distance.
6. Grill Responsibly
Grill away from the home, and please do not grill in your garage. Make sure grills are not placed next to fences or siding to avoid damaging.
7. Keep Pets on Leashes and Under Your Control
Dogs are animals, and while we love them dearly, we cannot always predict their actions. Not only is it common sense and common decency to leash pets; leashes are a requirement on JBER and on trails and public areas in Anchorage.
8. Pick up the Poo
Get some extra karma points while keeping lawns, fields, and pathways clean and safe.