Experts are suggesting that bears may come out of hibernation earlier than usual this year. If they do, there is a danger of them not finding enough food when they wake up- posing a potential danger for those working near bear habitats.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Watch for those telltale signs of bears. Tracks, droppings, diggings, torn-up logs, and turned-over rocks are all indicators that a bear has been in the area. Leave the area if the signs are fresh. Always check ahead for bears in the distance. If one is spotted, make a wide detour and leave the area immediately.
Making warning noises and loud sounds, especially near streams, dense vegetation and berry batches, on windy days, and in areas of low visibility, can help let bears know that you’re there. Bear bells are not enough.
Keep a Clean Worksite
Reduce the availability of garbage. Burn any food scraps and fat drippings thoroughly in a HOT fire. Any remaining trash should be placed in your litter back and suspended along with the food.
What to Do If You See a Bear
- Stop and remain calm. Do not run away.
- If the bear is unaware of your presence, move away quietly without attracting attention.
- If the bear is aware of your presence:
- Stay calm
- Speak calmly and firmly to the bear
- Back away slowly
- Make yourself appear big
- If you must proceed, make a wide detour around a bear or wait at a safe distance for it to move on.