Be extra aware of bears in the fall

Published: Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 02:00 PM.

 “Now more than ever we are relying on residents to keep bears from getting rewarded for being in neighborhoods,” Beaton said. “You can call your local trash pickup companies for options. Waste Pro in Wakulla and Franklin counties offers a retrofit to trash cans that has proved effective.”

To keep bears away from your home and neighborhood, follow these tips:

·Feed your pets indoors or bring in dishes after feeding.

·Secure household garbage in a shed, garage or a wildlife-resistant container.

·Put household garbage out on the morning of pickup, not the night before.

·Secure commercial garbage in bear-resistant dumpsters with metal lids or metal-reinforced plastic lids and lock bars.

·Clean grills and store them in a locked, secure place.

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