would like to point out to my friends and neighbors of Eagle
River the risk we are putting on our young people when we leave
our garbage out near the street the night before garbage pickup
day. It is a known fact that black and brown bears moving up
and down the river venture up into our neighborhoods in search
of easy food.
us busy adults, urban bear encounters are minimal. Each day
we hit the garage door opener and head off to work or to run
our daily errands. We come home, hit the garage door opener
and walk into the house. We might then walk to the mailbox,
do some yard work or take the dog for an evening stroll.
children have a higher exposure rate to urban bear encounters
as they walk to and from school each day. Younger elementary
school-age children from kindergarten through third grade may
not recognize or comprehend a potential dangerous encounter
with a wild animal. At this age they cannot process the information
needed quickly enough to get themselves out of a dangerous situation
once in it.
is just around the corner and soon children will be playing
outdoors all day long with their high-pitched laughter, voices
and yelling as they enjoy childhood.
is full of risk; it always has been and always will be. We can
eliminate some of that risk to our young neighbors by not inviting
bears into our neighborhoods in search of easy food.
Anthony Adams / Eagle River