Donâ€™t let the snowbanks or the cold snap fool you.
Mammothâ€™s bears are starting to wake up.
You can see them, now and again, lying on top of a snowbank, soaking up some sun before retreating back in their dens.
â€śThe life cycle is beginning again,â€ť said Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles,.
â€śDuring the winter we kind of forget about them,â€ť he said. â€śI know where I live, I can leave stuff out in the garage and itâ€™ll just freeze, and thereâ€™s no odor.
â€śThis time of year, we have to start thinking about securing our trash containers and dumpsters and raising the consciousness of our visitors.
â€śWe donâ€™t want to start out on the wrong foot.â€ť
The bears still are in their dens 23 hours a day, he said.
Searles â€“ and Animal Planet â€“ are doing their part, at least.
Beginning April 7, 14 and 21 the television network will broadcast episodes of â€śThe Bear Whisperer,â€ť featuring Searles as he manages Mammothâ€™s bear population.
The first show covers the largest bears around, like Ace and Half-Nose, that often battle Searles for dominance.
In the lineup, one bear gets cranky when heâ€™s woken up while a second bear is badly wounded and Searles has to make a tough decision.