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Posted on: October 6, 2017

Bear Sightings on the Rise; Take These Steps to Stay Safe

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As fall approaches, bear sightings are on the rise in Snoqualmie Valley. The best way to reduce bear activity and potentially harmful human-bear interactions is to eliminate attractants.

What are the Main Attractants?

Garbage is the number one attractant. Garbage containers should have tight-fitting lids and be kept in a shed, garage, or fenced area. Place garbage containers out for collection shortly before the truck arrives, not the night before.

The other three main attractants are pet food, barbeque grills and bird feeders. Keep pet food and barbeque grills in a secure building or structure. Be sure to feed pets in a bear-proof location. Put grills back in storage after each use. Remove bird feeders between November and February.

What to Do if You Encounter a Bear

- Stay calm and avoid direct eye contact, which could elicit a charge. Try to stay upwind and identify yourself as a human by standing up, talking and waving your hands above your head.

- Do not approach the bear, particularly if cubs are present. Give the bear plenty of space.

- If you cannot safely move away from the bear, and the animal does not flee, try to scare it away by clapping your hands or yelling.

- If the bear attacks, fight back aggressively. As a last resort, should the attack continue, protect yourself by curling into a ball or lying on the ground on your stomach and playing dead.

Report Wildlife Incidents to 911

The Snoqualmie-North Bend Police Department requests that the public call 911 for each bear sighting; 911 will dispatch them to the location. The Snoqualmie-North Bend police want to track bear activity and work closely with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Office on the issue of bear activity in our community.

Safety information for living with black bears
is posted on the WDFW website at www.wdfw.wa.gov in the Living with Wildlife pages.
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