Save our Bears! Put your garbage where it belongs.

The Juneau newspaper has an article that used to be called the Police Blotter.  Since our young people don’t know what a “blotter” is, it’s now just called Police & Fire.  All the little stories that don’t warrant their own story are lumped together in this section.  Let’s just say you don’t want your name anywhere on this page… it’s the same one they print the obituaries on.

Today’s newspaper shows that our bears are frantically trying to get ready for their long winter nap.  We will have snow within a few weeks.  Shortly after that, our bears will hibernate until spring.  That’s a long time without food, and the female bears will give birth and feed their young while asleep (wouldn’t that make like easier for us people…) Anway, here is the bear report for today.

• At about 5 p.m. Wednesday, a bear was reported in the 8900 block of Mendenhall Loop Road.

• At about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, a bear was reported in the 200 block of South Franklin Street.

• At about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, a bear was reported in the 100 block of Gastineau Avenue.

• At about 6:45 a.m. Thursday, a female bear was reported on Kanata Street.

• At about 8 a.m. Thursday, police received a bear complaint in the 3700 block of El Camino Street.

These reports are not combined to one particular area.  Two of them are in downtown Juneau and the other three out in the Mendenhall Valley.  Tomorrow’s report could show Douglas, Lemon Creek, and “Out the Road” areas.  Bears don’t care.  It’s all bear country.  Remember, they were here long before us.  It is us that are trespassing in their land.

Bears really don’t care for garbage, but they are opportunists.  If they get an easy meal from a garbage can, they will come back looking for more.  They learn fast too, so they teach their young.  Eventually they lose their natural fear of humans.  They get more and more aggressive and eventually have to be killed.  Several bears are put down by Juneau Police officers and Fish & Game every year.  It is something we can prevent!

A garbage bear is a dead bear.  Please secure your garbage.  Rinse cans and bottles before taking them out to the curb- better yet recycle.  Freeze smelly garbage and don’t put it in the cans until garbage day.  And dont’ put out the cans too early on pick-up day.

Here is a CBJ website you may find helpful.  By the City & Borough of Juneau – Living with Bears


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