It’s spring, the days are getting longer and temperatures are inching up.
That means bears are waking up and starting to look for food.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game sent an announcement Monday alerting the public that it’s time to keep closer control of bear attractants.
The announcement suggests removing bird feeders, and storing household garbage inside a building such as a garage until the morning of garbage-pickup, or in bear-proof containers.
The announcement also suggests electric fences to keep bears away from chicken coops, gardens and compost bins; keeping pets indoors and keeping their food inside, too; cleaning barbecue grills after use; and securing freezers.
It is illegal to feed bears, even unintentionally, according to Fish and Game. Leaving out attractants can lead to a fine.