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BLACK BEAR ADVISORY

by Vanessa Saunders

Yes it’s that time of year again when our friends from the woods tend to come a little too close for comfort when getting ready for their winter sleep…

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES FOR KEEPING BLACK BEAR AWAY:

  1. Discontinue the practice of feeding suet and/or bird seed to birds for the entire summer.
  2. Bird feed is a very strong attraction even if they can’t reach it.
  3. Do not leave garbage outside of houses or garages. (Grease, fat, bacon and other meats

    are extremely attractive to bears. These items should be disposed of in sealed

    containers.)

  4. Clean garbage cans and other refuse containers frequently with ammonia, bleach, or

    Lysol.

  5. Place camphor disks (available from some drug stores) in garbage cans to mask food

    odors. Other items may work as well, e.g. mothballs, air fresheners, Lysol, and ammonia

    soaked rags.

  6. Use plastic bags inside garbage cans to help hide odors.
  7. Store garbage cans in a secure place such as a garage, rather than storing them on a

    porch.

  8. Remove the grease can from gas and charcoal grills after every use. Turn the grill on

    “High” for several minutes after you are done cooking.

  9. Clean barbeque pits and grills thoroughly before leaving them outside. (We recommend

    using aluminum foil and cleaning these items with ammonia cleaner.)

  10. Do not place food outside to attract raccoons, squirrels, or other wildlife.
  11. Clean old refrigerators and other insulated containers that are left outside.
  12. Turn off kitchen exhaust fans that vent to the outside when not in use. Make sure the

    vent screen is cleaned regularly.

  13. Do not feed family pets outside. An empty dish can attract a bear
  14. Leave outdoor lights on or a radio playing all night.
  15. Do not leave dirty diapers or diaper pail outside.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A BLACK BEAR:

  1. Never Approach or Surround a Bear – Bears aggressively defend themselves when

    they feel threatened or cornered. Be especially cautious around cubs as mother bears

    are very protective.

  2. Use Noise to Scare Bears Away – Yell, clap, or bang pots immediately upon sighting

    a bear near your home.


 

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