Bear Alarm Clocks Are Going Off

Bearsí internal alarm clocks start ringing in March, with many adult male bears emerging from their dens sometime this month. Next to wake up will be juveniles of both sexes, then female bears with yearlings and solitary females. Mother bears with newborn cubs are the last to poke their noses out into the world. After not eating or drinking for several months, itís time for water, stretching and wandering around. Soon after getting their bearings, bears start looking for food. 

Now is the time to double-check your to-do list and make sure thereís nothing that will attract bears to your home or property. A few hours of prevention now can save you a lot of time and trouble later.

Think Like a Bear

Walk around your yard and near your home to see if thereís anything ďinterestingĒ...

  • Many mealsí worth of nutrients can be found in the average familyís trash. Is your trash is safely stowed in a bear-resistant container or stored inside a locked building until the morning of pick up? 
  • Calorie-filled bird feeders often attract bears to homes, so donít take any chances. Bring your bird feeders in at night, or better yet, take them down and opt for other methods of attracting birds that donít endanger bears.
  • Have you stored bird seed outside over the winter? Opt for bear-resistant storage or bring inside.
  • Donít leave food, pet food, or anything else with an odor on your screened-in porch or deck overnight or inside a vehicle parked outside.
  • Pet food is loaded with calories. Feed pets indoors or pick up food dishes as soon as pets have eaten, clean up any mess and bring dishes inside.
  • Chickens and small livestock can be very tempting to a hungry bear. Keep them safely locked up at night or install an electric fence enclosure.
Thanks for helping keep bears out in the wild and away from homes and neighborhoods.