By Staff

BREWSTER COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The small West Texas town of Alpine is on alert after reports of two black bears sniffing out pet food left outside people’s homes.

The communities south of Alpine, Texas are on a Neighborhood Bear Watch. (courtesy: Texas Parks and Wildlife – Trans-Pecos Wildlife District)

Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens and district biologists said homeowners in the North Double Diamond subdivision saw black bears eating dog food that was left outside.

READ MORE: ERCOT Says 'Forced Generation Outages,' High Temps Could Spell Issues For Texas Electricity Grid; Urge Conservation

Game wardens said the bears are still fearful of humans and took off when confronted with “appropriate hazing tactics such as loud noises/yelling,” but they returned in search of food.

The agency reminded those in the Trans Pecos Wildlife District (especially those in North Double Diamond) to do their part in reducing the potential for human-bear conflicts at home.

READ MORE: Texas Congressman Among House Members Suing Over Use Of Metal Detectors

They shared the following tips:

1) Make sure that garbage and trash is secure and inaccessible – put trash out the morning of pickup, never the night before
2) Bird feeders are taken down/brought inside, especially at night
3) Pet food and livestock feed is inaccessible or in a locked building – don’t leave bowls of food outside
4) Barbecue grills and outdoor kitchens are cleaned after use
5) Smaller livestock such as sheep, goats, and chickens are securely penned at night.

MORE NEWS: A New Giraffe With A New Name To Boot, 'Lucchese' On Display At Fort Worth Zoo 

Alpine is seven hours away from Dallas, three hours south of El Paso. Staff