April and May is the time of year
when bears begin emerging from their dens after a long winter's rest. It's a gradual
process that takes place over a couple of months, and Fish and Game says people
should start taking precautions now and be on the lookout for bears.
Male bears begin to emerge from
their dens at about this time of year, says Larry Van Daele, area wildlife
biologist with Fish and Game. The males are followed shortly thereafter by sows
with cubs. Van Daele said the males are already beginning to come out.
-- (Bears 1 20 sec. "Typically the males ... when they're starting to emerge.")
Daele said that while there have yet to be any bear sightings in town, at least
one bear has been seen nearby. He said people can expect to see more bears in
or near town soon, possibly within days.
-- (Bears 2 28 sec. "There haven't been any ... tracks or maybe some bears.")
Daele said the bears will immediately begin searching for food in the lower
elevations and that people should take precautions, particularly when it comes
to securing garbage.
-- (Bears 3 45 sec. "It's time for them ... staying a lot longer than usual.")
similar late-spring conditions occurring again this year, Van Daele says he is
hopeful that last year's unusually high rate of bear activity in the area won't
repeat itself this year. He also said there may be fewer bears around this
-- (Bears 4 36 sec. "Hopefully we'll be able to
... to stick around for too long.")
Van Daele said
basic precautions such as cleaning up your yard, not leaving garbage on porches
and securing trash in closed bins go a long way toward avoiding contact with
problem bears. He also reminds people to report any bear sightings to Fish and