Kenai asks residents to be aware of bears

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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