Bear tips from Robyn Sloan, Lyons
It’s been a banner week for bears on my cameras.
I captured 7 out of my 8 last year’s bears. The black sow has yearling cubs now, one black and one brown. The brown sow has 2 yearling black cubs, you can see one scratching on a tree (he’s bigger and fatter than the other black cub. The brown boar made a rare daytime appearance on the camera heading down the hill.
Are there bears in your neighborhood?
Look for flipped over rocks where the bears are eating grubs, ants and worms. Their scat piles looks very green from all the young plants they are eating.
What will you do if you discover bears in your driveway?
An easy way to haze them off is to hit the car alarm on your key fob. Be sure to lock your car if it’s left outside. Keep your garage doors closed and car doors locked, take your hummingbird feeders in at night, and quit feeding seed to birds during the summer. Bears have been known to open doors with their teeth, and Subaru doors with their paw.
Go to Robyn’s VIMEO account, and search for her name to see multiple videos of the bears https://vimeo.com/561645901?fbclid=IwAR3bGnVNeEcuNy8Gi1aDfmuXXLvOnLKbz3HFVVUvntGwjfVd6NXCMqp7ggU
Bear sightings this past week: 3rd and Stickney, along 1st Avenue, on Steamboat,…Antelope and Apple Valley Road…
Tips from National Park Service
If a bear clacks its teeth, sticks out its lips, huffs, woofs, or slaps the ground with its paws, it is warning you that you are too close and are making it nervous. The bear’s nervous? Heed this warning and slowly back away. What else should you do or not do if you come across a bear in Yellowstone?
Do not immediately drop to the ground and “play dead.” Bears can sense overacting.
Do not run, shout, or make sudden movements.
Do not run up and push the bear and do not push a slower friend down…even if you feel the friendship has run its course.
Running may trigger a chase response in the bear and you can’t outrun a bear. Bears in Yellowstone chase down elk calves all the time. You do not want to look like a slow elk calf. (Apologies to the elk calf.)
Slowly putting distance between yourself and the bear may defuse the situation.
Draw your bear spray from the holster, remove the safety tab, and prepare to use it if the bear charges.
In most cases, climbing a tree is a poor decision. Bears can climb trees (especially if there is something up the tree that the bear wants). Also, when was the last time you climbed a tree?
Running to a tree or frantically climbing a tree may provoke a bear to chase you. If the friend you pushed down somehow made it up a tree and is now extending you a hand, there’s a good chance you’re not getting up that tree. Karma’s a bear.