TWRA receives more calls regarding black bears in spring and early summer than any other time of year. Movement of young bears takes them into new, unknown territory. Human outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, camping and grilling increase the potential for humans to spot a bear and for bear-human discord.
Humans unknowingly attract and provide for wild animals, including black bears, around their homes. Attractants include bird feeders, trash, bird baths and pet food bowls with leftover food. These things can unintentionally lure bears and other unwanted wildlife closer to people. Following a few guidelines can decrease negative interactions and help bears stay wild. Visit bearwise.org to learn more.
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