CODY - Black bear and grizzly bear activity is increasing at lower elevations in parts of the state. Landowners and outdoor enthusiasts are reminded to be bear aware and take preventative action to avoid potential conflicts.
Mark Bruscino, WGFD’s large carnivore section supervisor, said that bears have been very active the last couple of weeks along the valley floors and front country areas around Cody. “By this time of year, all bears have emerged from their winter dens, and we are seeing a normal increase in bear activity associated with spring den emergence,” Bruscino said. “Recent bear activity includes sightings of bears on public and private land in several parts of the state.”
Bears coming close to town is a common occurrence in the spring in many areas throughout Wyoming. To avoid conflicts, the Game and Fish advises rural residents to secure all attractants such as garbage, pet food, and livestock feed. Bird feeders should either be put away for the summer or hung at least ten feet off of the ground and four feet from the supporting structure.
Residents should remain alert and watch for evidence of bear activity such as tracks, scat, and diggings and use caution while working or recreating in these areas, especially in and around riparian zones along creeks and rivers. Hikers, fisherman, antler hunters, or anyone else recreating in areas that could be occupied by bears should take precautions and carry a deterrent such as commercially available bear spray.
Bears observed in or near residential areas should be immediately reported to your local Game and Fish office.
(Contact: Tara Teaschner (307) 527-7322 ext. 817)