Black bear digging through trash cans near the Prior Flat Campground; BLM bear safety tips

(Rawlins, Wyo.) - The Bureau of Land Management Rawlins Field Office would like to make the public aware that a black bear was been reported in the Prior Flat Campground on May 20, 2016, digging though the trash cans in the campground. BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner from the area reported that this is the third year in a row that the BLM has had bear issues in the area. The BLM is currently working with the WGFD Medicine Bow Region to monitor the area for bear activity and they anticipate installing bear resistant trash cans later this week. ​If traveling out to the area or any other areas around Wyoming this weekend the BLM provided a few bear wise tips to ensure safety in bear country: *Campground and Picnic Area Precautions* - Never cook or store food in or near your tent. - Hang food and other items with strong odors (e.g., toothpaste, bug repellent, soap, etc.) out of reach of bears. Hang items at least 10 ft. above the ground and. If no trees are available, store your food in airtight or bear-proof containers. - Change your clothing before you go to sleep; don't wear what you cooked in to go to bed and be sure to store smelly clothing along with your food/smelly items. - Keep the area clean. Be sure to wash dishes, dispose of garbage, and wipe down tables. - Burn garbage completely in a hot fire and pack trash out - don't bury it. *Backcountry and Trail Precautions* - Don't surprise bears. If you're hiking, make your presence known. Make noise by talking loudly, singing, or wearing a bell. - If you can, travel with a group. Groups are noisier and easier for bears to detect. - Keep in mind that bears tend to be more active at dawn and dusk so plan your hikes accordingly. - Stay on marked trails and obey the regulations of the area you're hiking or camping in. - If you're hiking in bear country, keep an eye out for tracks, scat, digs, and trees that bears have rubbed. *If You Encounter a Bear* - Remain calm and avoid sudden movements. - Give the bear plenty of room, allowing it to continue its activities undisturbed. If it changes its behavior, you're too close so back away. - If you see a bear but the bear doesn't see you, detour quickly and quietly. - If a bear spots you, try to get its attention while it is still farther away. You want it to know you're human so talk in a normal voice and waive your arms. - Remember that a standing bear is not always a sign of aggression. Many times, bears will stand to get a better view. - Throw something onto the ground (like your camera) if the bear pursues you, as it may be distracted by this and allow you to escape. - Never feed or throw food to a bear. For more information and to report bear sightings, please contact BLM’s Outdoor Recreation Planner, David Hullum, at 307-328-4310. Feature Photo: h/t Tom Reichner/Pitchengine Communities #oilcity #news #county10