Tomorrow night children and their parents will be haunting our streets and neighborhoods in search of candy and goodies in celebration of Halloween. This year they will be joining other, much larger and furrier, Kodiak residents who have already been looking for treats in inappropriate places. These town bears have not acted aggressively toward people, but if surprised or cornered they will defend themselves. It is important to know how to be safe when living in a bear community, and the Kodiak Interagency Bear Safety Group would like to offer the following suggestions to help assure that kids and bears do not scare each other during this spooky time:
Go trick-or-treating in neighborhoods as early as possible. Finish activities by 8:00 pm.
Parents should accompany young children; older kids should stay in groups. Have fun and make noise.
All trick or treaters should carry a flashlight and air horn to scare a bear if one is observed.
Never walk through wooded or brushy areas (this is where bears sleep and feel secure).
Always stay away from dumpsters after dark.
If a bear is observed, alert others to its presence, walk (don’t run) away, then call the Kodiak Police Department at 486-8000 as soon as possible to report the bear’s location. In case of an emergency call 911.