Biologists advise residents of Trans Pecos to stay alert for bears amid recent sightings



ALPINE As occasional bear sightings continue to occur in Brewster, Presidio, and Jeff Davis counties, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is encouraging residents to practice bear safety as the likelihood of spotting a bear in populated areas. increases. Black bears are native to Texas and part of our natural heritage and the Texas ecosystem.

As bears prepare for winter, it’s not uncommon for them to start showing signs of excessive hunger. In these cases, bears will often be attracted to and seek out quickly accessible food sources like pet food, wildlife feeders and livestock feed, according to a press release.

To reduce the likelihood of encountering bears near rural communities or within the city limits of the Tri-county region, residents should follow simple practices to prevent black bear addiction to food sources. anthropogenic.

TPWD biologists recommend feeding animals indoors or limiting portions of pet food to an amount that can be consumed completely at each meal, locking out all livestock feed, and bringing bird feeders to inside at night. Bear-proof dumpsters are also a great option that many communities in the western United States have deployed to reduce or prevent bear encounters. It is also encouraged to keep garbage bags in a safe place until the morning of the garbage collection. More information can be found on the Bear Safety page of the TPWD website.

Preventing addiction by limiting access to perceived food sources is the best way to prevent bears from becoming a nuisance or possible safety risk. Neighborhoods should work together and promote community-wide efforts to proactively secure anything attractive.

In most cases, bears are not a danger to humans, the statement said. There have been less than 20 fatal bear attacks in 120 years in the lower 48 states. If a resident encounters a black bear, biologists say to immediately deploy aversive conditioning measures by creating loud noises (screams, hand claps, horns, car alarms, sirens or pot banging) to surprise the bear if you can do so from a safe distance. Either way, humans should stay away from the bear and not attempt to feed it.

The black bear is currently a protected species in Texas. If you are in an urban or developed area and a bear exhibits aggressive behavior towards humans or causes property damage, immediately notify your local police or sheriff and have them contact the local biologist or game warden. by TPWD.

Noting the size, direction, speed of movement and behavior of the bear, especially when foraging in the city, will go a long way to helping authorities determine how to respond. Not all bear calls need further investigation if the bear is not exhibiting aggressive or threatening behavior. Either way, staying away from the bear and keeping pets safe inside and away from the animal will facilitate the best overall outcome, the release said.


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