Anchorage Police Department: It’s WHAT NOT TO DO WEDNESDAY! #WNTDW
When you walk into either a restaurant or an event hall, and you see large silver bins lined up side-by-side on a table, what do you call that? A buffet line.
When a bear walks down the road and sees a line of easy-to-open trash cans, what does he call that? A buffet line.
Here’s the difference: the buffet line you eat from very probably won’t cost you $320 (if it does that food better be awfully darn good). If you contribute to the bear’s buffet line it will cost you that much in the form of a citation which will be gifted to you either by us, Alaska Wildlife Troopers (AWT), or the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG).
This photo was taken right here in Anchorage on June 28th. Now imagine if a kid, not knowing the bear was there, walked out the front door and turned the corner straight into Yogi. That just has bad and ugly written all over it. Keep your trash stored in a bear-resistant can or inside a secured structure, and only put the trash out at the curb the morning of pickup.
It’s pretty amazing we live in a place with such incredible wildlife. Let’s do our part to make the cohabitation harmonious and not disastrous.
Use your inside voice, play well with others, and remember we’re all in this together.