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Living with Wildlife
Unsecured garbage containers, pet food and birdfeeders can attract hungry wildlife, including bears and cougars, looking for a meal.

Safety tips
These are provided by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW):
  • Never intentionally feed bears or other wild animals.
  • Keep garbage cans in a garage or another secure area until collection day.
  • Remove pet food from areas accessible to wildlife.
  • Thoroughly clean barbecue grills after each use.
  • Take down birdfeeders until later in summer.
  • When camping, keep a clean campsite by thoroughly cleaning all cooking utensils after use and sealing uneaten food in airtight containers stored in bear-proof canisters away from sleeping areas.

Encounters with bears
WDFW offers the following advice:
  • Don’t run.
  • Pick up small children.
  • Stand tall, wave your arms above your head and shout.
  • Do not approach the animal and be sure to leave it an escape route.
  • Try to get upwind of the bear so that it can identify you as a human and leave the area.