Game & Fish warn on spring bear encounters

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Wyoming Game and Fish officials are asking residents to avoid potential conflicts with bears by keeping all bear attractants secure and unavailable.

Jackson Large Carnivore Biologist Mike Boyce points out “We have received reports of bears and bear sign being seen recently, so it is definitely time for everyone to have all bear attractants buttoned up,” Boyce explains that bears are generally concentrated at the low elevations this time of year until the snow melts. As such, he says residents need to make sure bears do not receive any human food rewards, such as improperly stored garbage, pet or livestock feed and such that would encourage them to stay in developed areas.

Those out recreating are also encouraged to be bear aware by traveling in groups, making noise in areas of thick cover and near streams andcarry bear spray as a defense in a close encounter.

 

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