Bear spotted on South Hill
October 17, 2012
the coming of fall weather, local bears are on
the prowl as they fatten up to prepare for the
winter's hibernation, and as is fairly common
this time of year, their search for food is
bringing them into town.
According to Bonners Ferry Police Chief Steve
Benkula, officers on patrol, usually in late
evening or early morning, have spotted bears
several times in recent days, particularly in
the area of Atlanta and Boise Streets.
"We've increased patrols in areas where bears
have been seen to protect public safety,"
Benkula said, "and we're working with Idaho Fish
and Game to live-trap them and transport them
away from town."
With bears common throughout Boundary County,
all local residents should take simple
precautions to "bear proof" their homes,
particularly as the bears prepare to bed down.
Keep garbage picked up and garbage containers
tightly covered. Avoid feeding dogs or cats
outside, particularly on porches that a bear can
get on. If you store feed outdoors, make sure
it's in a secure, bear-proof container.
Suet and seed put out to attract wild birds this
time of year can very well attract critters you
might not want, including bears, whose appetites
are voracious. Even grease in the family
barbecue from summer cookouts can serve to
entice a bear into your yard.
In nearly all cases, if you remove the food, and
the food odor, you'll also be removing
potentially troublesome bear.
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