October is upon us and the weather is changing and becoming colder. As we change the oil in our snow blowers and get out our cold weather clothes, we must also take into account that a certain animal is preparing for hibernation. Yes, that is correct the bears are on the move. They are looking for a source of easy food to fatten up for their winter nap. Therefore, we need to be prepared and make our property bear safe.
The following are a few tips to help keep bears from coming onto your property:
- Do not feed bears or leave food out for bears.
- Do not leave trash outside overnight unless it is in a bear proof container.
- Keep your garage door closed when you are not outside if you keep trash or any other food storage in the garage.
- Do not leave food in your car.
Bears can smell odors up to five miles away so keeping odors down or concealed is a benefit.
A large portion of Douglas County is a rural environment and is inhabited by bears. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reported sightings during the month of September in different neighborhoods throughout the county.
For further information of bears, bear proofing your home or property and what to do if you encounter a bear use the following links to the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s website.