Grizzly 399 and cubs

Grizzly 399 and cubs meander down the valley Saturday near Boyles Hill Road.

Sightings of Grizzly 399 and her cubs around the Boyle's Hill Road and High School Butte area this weekend serve as a reminder that bears are looking for food and lots of it as they try to fatten up for winter hibernation.

To keep bears out of trouble, it's important for people to stash any inappropriate edibles where the animals can't get to them.

Here are some bear-proofing tips from the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation.

– Store garbage in certified bear-resistant garbage cans or dumpsters.

"If you live in a conflict priority area 1 in Teton County, Wyoming you are required to use bear-resistant garbage containers or storage," the foundation says.

– Keep garbage containers inside a secure building until the morning of pickup.

– Store recyclable containers, such as pop cans, indoors. The sweet smells attract bears.

– Store especially smelly garbage, such as meat or fish scraps, in a freezer until it can be taken to a refuse site.

– Do not leave food from barbecues and picnics outdoors, especially overnight. Coolers are not bear-proof.

– Store pet food inside and feed pets inside.

– Clean and store barbecue grills after each use, and put them in a secure shed or garage.

– Pick fruit from trees as soon as it's ripe and collect fallen fruit immediately.

– Do not put out feed for wildlife. It is harmful to wildlife and prohibited by a Teton County Ordinance.

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at jennifer@jhnewsandguide.com or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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