Spring Bear Awareness

Apr 9, 2024Public Notices

Bears are waking from hibernation – tracks have been spotted.

As we welcome the arrival of spring, it’s essential to be mindful of the bears awakening from their winter slumber. By taking proactive measures, we can create a safe environment for both our communities and the bears.

What You Can do to Deter Bears and Support Your Neighborhoods:

  • Create a neighborhood phone tree.
  • Alert neighbors of any bear sightings or activity.
  • Monitor children and pets when they are outdoors.
  • Do not store food items on porches.
  • Clean grills and smokers after use and move indoors if possible.
  • Keep exterior doors to properties closed.
  • Keep vehicles locked and truck beds clean of any items that may be attractive to bears.
  • Store trash indoors, use a bear proof trash can or deliver trash to the City Baler.
  • Make sure cages and or electric fences for livestock are secured properly and cleaned regularly.
  • Remove any debris from cleaning fish and or wild game thoroughly.
  • Consider using the public fish cleaning stations if necessary.
  • Report neighborhood bear sightings to police.

The Baler Hours are from Monday to Saturday, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Active Water/Sewer/Garbage account holders can drop off household trash free of charge.

For more tips on how to make your property bear-safe, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website. Let’s work together to coexist harmoniously with our furry neighbors and keep our communities safe for all.