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Hibernation is Over

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on July 20, 2019 13:30

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Bears and their cubs are coming out of hibernation and looking for food in cars and garbage cans.

Every year there are stories about dangerous bears coming out of hibernation with their cubs near Lake Tahoe and Yosemite for the summer. 

Since this year was a long hibernation—there is still snow on the ground in the area—the bears just coming out of their long sleep, with their new born cubs, are looking for food. 

Because there is still snow on the ground near where the bears hibernated, their normal food is still covered with deep snow.

These bears must eat and will travel long distances looking for food. Bears can smell food from a distance and will trace a smell to its origin. If there is a garbage can in the area with food in it, they will invariably dig the food out of the garbage can and eat it. 

Because many of the cans are located on the porches of houses, or near the houses, the bears will go to the houses and rip the cans open to get to the food. The people living in the houses will hear the noise and naturally come out to investigate

If the resident makes a loud noise, usually the bear would run away, but if he just standing there looking at the bear, the bear would attack the resident to defend himself

The best thing that a home owner can do is to get rid of the food, or garbage cans, from around the house before the snow melts and the bears come out from their hibernation. 

In one case, a home owner called a game warden because she heard and saw several bears on her porch. 

When the warden arrived, he saw a mother bear and a cub roaming around the porch area—the cub had a ham stuck to its paw. 

In Yosemite, bears will, if they can, rip doors off of cars or break windows to get to food. This is happening more and more often this year because of the deep snow still covering the bear’s natural hunting and foraging areas. The long winter made bears hibernate even longer, and their food is still covered by the snow. 

To protect yourself when you go to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, or the Sierra Nevada Mountains, do not leave food in your car; keep all your food in the trunk where bears and other wild animals can’t get to it. 

Home owners, make sure your garbage cans are in a place where bears and other wild animals can’t get to them.

If you hear a loud noise late at night, play it safe and look before you go out to see what made the noise.

It could be a bear looking for food. 

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on July 20, 2019 13:30

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