This is the season when bears make their grand appearance.
We probably will hear them before we see them as they turn over trash cans during the nights and early mornings.
And, we’ll probably see evidence that they came around sooner than we’re expecting. We’ll wake up to trash spread around the can, the yard, in the carport, and down the street.
That is bad bear behavior. We don’t want to encourage it.
So, this is our friendly reminder that with spring comes the bears.
Local officials will soon be pleading with the community to secure trash cans and any other bear attractants.
Bears don’t need people food. Their diet is supposed to be derived in the wild. After all, they are wild animals.
Their menu should be fish and berries and whatever else Mother Nature puts on the table.
And being wild animals, they aren’t to be trusted. It is prudent to watch out for them and, when they are sighted, to give them wide berth. If they are hungry or are mother bears in the company of baby bears, they are unpredictable.
It is important to clean up after barbecues and other outdoor cooking. Because bears will be attracted to associated aromas.
They will be on trails, at lakes, in the bushes and on the streets — both downtown and in neighborhoods. They show up in the most unlikely places — a cub once walked through the produce section of a Stedman Street grocery store no longer open.
We like to see the bears. We only want the circumstances to be to our advantage, not theirs.
The bears are coming. Be watchful.