Help Limit Human and Bear Interactions within the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Help Limit Human and Bear Interactions within the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest:

Improper trash and waste disposal can lead to human-bear conflict.

 

EVERETT, Wash.  –  Brought in by garbage-litter and un-properly disposed of waste, local bears have been visiting developed recreation areas within the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS) in high numbers this year. Suspended waste removal services and un-opened restroom facilities at most day-use areas and trailheads requires visitors to properly dispose of waste and to pack out trash every time they visit trails and day-use areas. 

 

“It’s not uncommon for us to see the occasional problem bear within the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest,” said Colton Whitworth, a spokesperson for the Forest Service.  “Concerns of potentially dangerous interactions are elevated due to the large number of visitors who are not packing out trash and properly disposing of waste.”

 

Bears attracted by the scent of trash or human and pet waste can become less wary of people and more present in areas where meals come easily. While they can seem social or tame, they are not, these bears are hungry!

 

Bears who begin to associate people with an easy meal become potentially very dangerous. These habituated bears often can’t be scared away or re-located to other areas. They will continue to return to areas occupied by humans and ultimately will need to be euthanized.

 

If you need to report a problem bear, contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife or call local law enforcement.

 

For information on how to camp & hike with bears or what to do if you encounter a bear, please visit our website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/mbs

 

 

 

 

 




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