(PRESS RELEASE/Colville National Forest)
Be safe and don’t feed the bears…
The Colville National Forest is urging people to safely store all food and drinks, water, garbage and other attractants to prevent contact with grizzly bears, black bears and other wildlife.
The CNF’s food storage order has been in place since 1989 to minimize the potential for grizzly bears, black bears, and other wildlife to access human or pet foods. The federal organization asks that all food and drinks, water, garbage, and other attractants, such as uncleaned cookware/utensils or scented items, must be stored in a secure building, a hard-sided vehicle, a bear-resistant container, or suspended 10 feet off the ground and 4 feet from any vertical support at all times, day or night. The order does not apply to water or when food is being prepared to be eaten, being consumed, being transported, or being prepared for storage.
The order covers acceptable storage methods, defines other wildlife attractants, addresses harvested animals, describes how to dispose of human waste and grey water, and provides information on feeding wildlife. Follow the links below for info on storing food, to read the food storage order, and to learn how to reduce the risk of encounters with bears. Stay safe and enjoy your National Forest!