You and Your Neighbors, the Black Bear
Besides the blooming of flowers and, for many, the aggravation of increasing pollens, the past few weeks have yielded a large increase in bear sightings as they emerge from their winter lethargy. This is not a new issue here in the mountains but one that has heavily increased during this time. It is our responsibility to inform you of these issues and we would like to take some time to inform our members of bear safety and coexisting with the Black Bear.
If you encounter a bear never approach, feed or corner a bear. If the bear has cubs, you need to slowly, quietly and deliberately leave the area. The bears are here because of some sort of a food source; if you remove the food source the bears will relocate. Some of the food sources may include, but are not limited to, the following: bird feeders, hummingbird feeders, and trash or food scrapes that someone may have put out. Never put your trash out the night before pickup; please put it out the same day minutes before it is due to be collected collected. We’ve heard stories of bears learning the patterns of our local collectors and anxiously watching nearby for the plastic bags to appear before the loud noise of the pickup truck is heard.
It is very important to remember that feeding a bear or any other wild animal is illegal and doing so always put the bear and people in danger. Bears can come accustomed to humans and that become a dangerous situation.
Admittedly, some of the many reasons we live here is the wildness of this place and the lure of observing wildlife we never see in our cities. However, can’t stress enough how encounters with such wildlife not only poses a danger for the observer but puts the animals in danger, too.
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