Put a lid on it: Keeping hungry bears away from homes

Posted at 7:22 PM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 21:22:29-04

BOZEMAN, Mont.- With fall coming quickly and temperatures cooling down,  bears are preparing for winter and hibernation.

They will do just about anything for extra food to store extra calories, including getting into your trash can or bird feeder.

Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks says taking preventative steps to make sure you don’t have a new furry friend at your home is important.

FWP Warden Sergeant Matt Wemple advised, “Put trash cans away in the garage at night if they can do that. There are bear-proof trash cans out there available; if they have something that has a locking device on the trash can that’s helpful. Mainly, just securing any type of food reward. Putting bird feeders up, those type of things.”

If you happen to have a bear in your yard, stay inside your home and if you ever feel like you’re in danger you can give Bozeman Police or FWP a call.