Monday, May 20, 2013
Being Bear Aware
Officials remind people it's very important to clean up your trash, not only does it keep you safe, but it keeps the bears safe too.
It's that time of year again when bears are waking up from their winter slumber. Alaska Zoo officials said it also means it is time to be cautious. Sunday was “Bear Aware Day” at the Alaska Zoo, and bear experts said now is the time to be on your toes outside.
“A lot of people don't realize we live in bear country, you think we live in a city and we don't have to worry, but in fact bears are awake and they are hungry and they are looking for food,” said Valerie Connor of the Alaska Center For The Environment.
Officials said it is very important to remember to clean up your garbage, not only does it keep you safe, but it keeps the bears safe, too. A trashcan test with black bears on Sunday showed the difference between a regular trashcan and a reinforced, bear-proof can, that can be rented at Alaska waste.
“It’s got a reinforced steel lid, it's a plastic can reinforced with metal and it's got a latch that you need to stick your finger in the hole and flip the latch and then open it up manually,” said Elizabeth Manning of the Education and Outreach Department of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
“Which is something bears can not do,” she said.
Officials warn Alaskans if they see a bear going through the trash make sure to report it to fish and game immediately.