The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reminds outdoor recreationalists and rural homeowners in bear-inhabited areas of Wyoming to maintain awareness of bears. Already this year, there have been bear conflicts and one human injury in Wyoming.
“Even the most experienced recreationalists or rural homeowner who has lived in bear country for years can wind up in a close encounter or conflict situation with a bear,” Bear Wise Coordinator Dusty Lasseter said. “We want people to stay diligent to avoid any potential bear conflicts.”
Lasster is the coordinator of the bear education program, Bear Wise Wyoming. It is a resource for recreationists, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who lives in bear country. Lassester said everyone has a role in putting bear safety-practices in place this spring.
For people who live in bear country — black or grizzly — Lasseter recommends keeping garbage, livestock or pet feed and birdseed properly stored and unavailable to bears. Barbeque grills should be kept clean and stored in a garage or shed when possible. This limits attractants that can draw them to areas where people live or camp.
“The majority of the people in rural areas of Wyoming where bears roam do an excellent job of securing attractants to keep foods away from bears but it’s important to remain vigilant and remember to secure attractants to minimize the potential for conflict,” Lasseter said.
Those who recreate in bear country also need to be aware of the potential for encounters with bears
To learn more, visit the Bear Wise Wyoming website.