Spring has sprung if you live in an area where you have forest around you should know of a great danger in the spring time, no its not snakes,or ticks for they are always a danger. Its Black Bears in the spring, here in Maine 100’s of conflicts have happen between black bears and man. We have one of the largest population of Black bears in the lower 48 states.
If the food source is not there for the blacks because of a bad spring or dry summer bears will start to roam for food. And can wander into your back yards looking for easy food , like bird feeders, they will get in to your garbage, your grills, even look for pet food. Here are some tips from the Maine dept of wildlife.
Since bears are active between April and November, each spring and summer take these steps to avoid unwanted black bears in your backyard or neighborhood:
- Secure garbage and recycling: Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t encourage them with easily available food, liquids or garbage. Store garbage cans inside until the morning of trash pickup.
- Remove and store bird feeders: Birdseed and grains have lots of calories, so they’re very attractive to bears. Removing feeders is the best way to avoid damage to your feeders and property. Rake up any seed from the ground and store bird feeders and bird seed inside. Even an empty bird feeder can be enticing to a bear and they will tear it down, damage or destroy it. You can continue to feed birds in the winter when bears are not active.
- Never leave pet food outdoors: Feed pets indoors when possible. If you must feed pets outside, feed in single portions and remove food and bowls after feeding. Store pet food inside where bears can’t see or smell it.
- Clean and store your grill: Clean grills after each use and make sure that all grease, fat and food particles are removed. Store clean grills and smokers in a secure building to keep bears out.
See bears in the area or evidence of bear activity? Tell your neighbors and share information with them on how to avoid bear conflicts.
This will also keep out other backyard visitors like skunks,raccoons,etc. Keep in mind if you see a black bear call the game warrens for they can come and take it away, Do not try to scare it away. For once a bear finds easy food, it will be back.
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