State trooper gives advice to keep bears out of trash

The number of bears getting into trash and having close encounters with people or their pets is increasing, said Chadd Yoder, Wrangell’s state wildlife trooper. And it’s likely to get worse before it gets better, he said, as bears try to fatten up before winter hibernation.

Bears accustomed to searching garbage for food can become a serious issue, Yoder said, and he wants to educate people on what they can do to keep bears out of their backyards.

The real hot spot for bears getting into trash is between 5-mile and 10-mile Zimovia Highway, he said, particularly around Shoemaker Bay. No person h...

 

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