It’s fall. And that means its bear sleepy-bye time. Most bears are hibernating by now. But some haven’t quite gotten around to hittin’ the sack for the year. Whether they’re still staying up too late, or waking up hungry, bears are using Seal Rock as a community wide picnic spread.
Reports from Seal Rock neighbors, especially along Seal Rock Street, say that bears are rifling through trash cans like Yogi Bear at a Boy Scout picnic. They says they’re upending trash cans and making a big mess to get at whatever left-overs are inside. It’s a real problem.
Oregon Fish and Wildlife agents say it’s not really a bear problem. It’s a human problem caused when residents leave their trash cans outside where the bears can smell the goodies and proceed to get to them. Agents say wait until trash day morning to take your containers to the street. And make sure they are bear proof. They say local trash haulers have bear proof trash cans that you can rent for the short time they’re really needed – roughly October through December.
ODFW also recommends that residents not feed their pets outside – not even the birds or any other animals that come begging. Don’t let your pets out at night. They might not come back. Even bird seed, attracts bears. Other suggestions include setting up motion activated lights so the bears will know which houses to stay away from. Use air horns to blast them with sound. And don’t cook food with your windows open.
ODFW says if you don’t put out what attracts bears, the bears won’t bother you. Otherwise ODFW has to come out and trap the bear, and in too many instances, they must euthanize them. Once they get established with free food in an area they tend to stick around.
And one more thing. It’s illegal to feed the bears.
So follow these simple suggestions and you should remain bear free.