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Beware of the Bears

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This is Bear Awareness Week, and as we have been hearing, grizzly bears in this area have been very much in evidence. Erin Edge with Defenders of Wildlife says with the success of grizzly recovery, bears are now in areas where they haven’t been for decades, so it means everyone is learning about how they act, and what they like to eat.  Edge says, “This time of year, we’re seeing grizzly bears eating are glacier lilies, green grass. Green grass is probably one of the bears’ favorite foods in the entire world. People don’t really think about that, so as they water their lawn, bears come in for that green grass.”  Wildlife officials in the Greater Yellowstone area urge anyone participating in outdoor recreation in the parks or on the forest to carry bear spray – even if they are bicycling on one of the pathways through the park.  Make noise when hiking and never approach any areas where there is winter-kill nearby.  Those living in bear country should be careful about not leaving attractants out.  Edge says among the temptations too are backyard chickens, small livestock, bee boxes, bird feeders, and compost piles.  She says it would be a good idea to install bear-proof electric fencing to keep the bears away from these things.

Photo from Mark Gocke

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