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Kenai asks residents to be aware of bears

Posted: May 2, 2012 - 8:46am

In effort to avoid human-bear encounters, the city of Kenai asks residents to remove bear attractants from outdoor areas.

Common bear attractants include garbage left in open containers, bird feeders, dirty barbecues and accessories, dog food, and outdoor freezers.

The eastern portion of Kenai, the Kenai River bluff, and the Beaver Creek bluff have higher concentrations of brown bears than other parts of the city. The goal of eliminating bear attractants is to ensure that bears stay focused on natural food sources.

The Kenai city manager has declared two areas in Kenai as "Bear Problem Areas." VIP Subdivision and the area from the eastern city limits to Mile 7 of the Kenai Spur Highway, including all residences on Beaver Loop Road from the Spur Highway to Cunningham Park, are included in the designation.

In a "Bear Problem Area," all garbage containers must be stored in city-approved bear-resistant containers. A list of approved containers is available at the city manager's office and online at www.ci.kenai.ak.us. As an alternative, residents may store their garbage in a garage until transporting it to the landfill.       

"Bear Problem Area" designations remain in effect indefinitely. Residents who do not have a bear resistant container, and need assistance in removing garbage from outside their home, may contact the Kenai Parks Department at 283-3692. Parks personnel will transport garbage to the transfer site for you. 

For additional information please contact the city manager's office at 907-283-8223.

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RoadClosedToKenai
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RoadClosedToKenai 05/02/12 - 11:23 am
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Thanks Rick!

I live on Beaver Creek and would prefer my trash be picked up on Fridays between 2-4pm.

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jlmh 05/02/12 - 12:21 pm
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trash

I can't speak for everyone's personal situation, but having the transfer stations open at 10 a.m. probably isn't the best strategy for reducing garbage attractions. Most people start work at 8 or 9, sometimes 10 in the morning, so they can't exactly take out the trash on their way to work. It's closed. You can't really leave it in a vehicle to drop off after work either, as it will make the interior smell bad to have it sit there all day. Or birds will tear it apart in an open-bed pickup. So you're limiting residents to a very narrow time slot in which they have to run home to fetch their trash, then get it to the dump which closes at 6 pm most of the year, and 7 pm midsummer. For those with long commutes or daycare stops, that's a real time crunch. Just a thought...

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 05/02/12 - 02:19 pm
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Bear problem, What bear

Bear problem, What bear problem? According to all reports from fish and game we have no bear problem. But that report could be determined by the desire for tourists to possibly see a bear when on the Kenai to inhance tourism.
When these non problamatic bears start wondering thru towns at all times of the day or night then here is a Major Breaking News Flash, WE have a bear problem that needs to be delt with, not a trash problem. Trash may have some affect, but it's a numbers problem, as in to many bears to close to towns.

Thats just my opinion of whats really going on here which is to many bears allowed to roam freely due to a unrealistic counting of bears for some reason.

Jeremiah 6:17

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 05/02/12 - 02:44 pm
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Trash is not the only bear

Trash is not the only bear attractant ya know? Dog food, chickens, goats or other animals, fish cleaning areas at peoples homes and on the list can go of things that must be OUTSIDE.
So please explain to US why trash is being singled out when it's way too may bears thats the problem?
Last yr off Knight drive a huge bear was killed that was on a skull & antler left out side.
I have had my chicken coop torn up due to the feed. I have been sitting in my truck on Birch & Redoubt waiting to get a hair cut reading an article about to many bears when a bear ran by at noon time, i drove down the road past a child care business that was full of kids and told a senior lady about the bear & she replied that it ran past here, she was lucky.

So once again whats up with this editorial about trash being the problem when it's just a fraction of what might be wrong when reality is factored in it's a too many bears in towns problem? Sounds like someone has interest in Trash can sales possibly or is more concerned about bears living in town than humans.

Jeremiah 6:17

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 05/08/12 - 07:00 pm
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Little kids with lemonaid

Little kids with lemonaid stands are gonna have to have armed guards in the city limits the way things are going.
I find it amazing how there are not more comments from citizens over this article which seems outragious to me in placing the sole blame on home owners.

Revelation 13:16-17

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kenai_kid 05/08/12 - 11:39 pm
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jlmh has a very good point.

jlmh has a very good point. The current hours of operation (10-6) do not afford the average resident the time to get to the collection station. Possibly splitting summer hours of operation from 8 until noon and 4 - 8:00 PM would help. Something that would be more user friendly.
And Watchman, I see your point as well, however, I don't feel there is blame being placed anywhere. "The goal of eliminating bear attractants is to ensure that bears stay focused on natural food sources." I think it is pretty well documented that bears are attracted to trash and food generated by humans. They just want to eliminate the sources of attraction. In some instances, home garbage receptacles act as baiting stations. My neighbors were a prime example. Their trash would sit for two or three weeks. In the winter time, dogs would get in their trash and spread it over the culdesac . In the summer time (3 in a row) we would have no less than two bear encounters each year. One summer we had five. Since those neighbors moved two years ago, and cleaner neighbors moved in, there hasn't been a scrap of trash spread by dogs in the winter and only one bear encounter in the past two summers. We need to be responsible with our refuse.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 05/09/12 - 09:35 am
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KK i do understand what your

KK i do understand what your saying about trash. It how ever is a common fact that we are being over run with bears and it stems towards tourism as a possible attractant for them as well as they want to see a bear in Alaska cities just as they could in remote villages or smaller cities.
I don't know what the answer is but people are sometimes just plain trash and live in it with no problems and all the regulations in the world won't help or matter.

I think that it is a two fold issue of trash & to many bears allowed to walk thru our cities, maybe earlier hrs at the dumpsters would help some, but trashey lazy people could care less about what the hrs are. Then what?
Have a GR8 summer and watchout for bears.

Revelation 13:16-17

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