TWRA receives an increase in calls regarding black bear in spring and early summer. Bears just over a year old, leave their mothers and often move into new, unknown territory in search of food, water, and shelter. Outdoor activities such as hiking and camping also increase the potential for humans to spot a bear.
Humans unknowingly attract and provide for wild animals including black bear, around their homes. Attractants include birdfeeders, trash, birdbaths, and petfood 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 deter bears.
TWRA Wildlife Biologist, Casey Mullen shared, “We want to make sure bears don’t linger around homes or neighborhoods. Following some simple tips can ensure the safety of humans, pets, and wildlife”.
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