|Photo: Gary Bechthold|
To keep bears away from your home and neighborhood, follow these tips:
-Feed your pets indoors or bring in dishes after feeding.
-Secure household garbage in a shed, garage or a wildlife-resistant container.
-Put household garbage out on the morning of pickup, not the night before.
-Secure commercial garbage in bear-resistant dumpsters with metal lids or metal-reinforced plastic lids and lock bars.
-Clean grills and store them in a locked, secure place.
-Remove wildlife feeders, or make them bear-resistant.
-Protect gardens, apiaries, compost and livestock with electric fencing.
-Pick ripe fruit from trees and remove fallen fruit from the ground.
-Encourage your homeowners association or local government to institute ordinances on keeping foods secure that would attract wildlife.