Wyoming Game and Fish officials are reiterating the plea for Teton County residents to store any potential bear attractants where bears cannot access them as may have happened with two grizzlies north of Jackson.
On Friday, two of 399’s former cubs had to be hazed out of the Solitude subdivision near Jackson Hole Airport. It is unclear whether they were able to obtain any food during their visit there.
The Fish and Wildlife Service advises, secure attractants around the home and store all garbage within bear-resistant containers. Attractants include items with a scent, such as trash, livestock feed, compost, or beehives. Ensure bird feeders are at least ten feet up, and four feet out from any building. Help your neighbors create a bear-wise community to protect wildlife.
Public Affairs Specialist Joe Szuszwalak of the US Fish and Wildlife Service says, “Although we hope to prevent these young bears from coming into conflict with people, the potential for conflict is very high.” Friday’s incident appears to have been proof of that.