Harrisburg, Pa. — Black bears are starting to emerge from their winter dens and foraging for meals — and your trash is their treasure. Since pure meals assets are missing throughout this time of 12 months, bears are going to be raiding hen feeders, trash cans, and out of doors pets’ meals.
The Pennsylvania Sport Fee recommends holding bear snacks indoors when potential to keep away from undesirable bear invasions. Gadgets like pet food or hen feeders needs to be introduced inside at evening or eliminated totally if bears maintain showing.
Maintain grills clear and empty the grease traps commonly.
If potential, trash cans needs to be saved inside (resembling in a storage) till assortment day. If that is unfeasible, at the very least maintain trash cans lidded. Recycling bins needs to be saved clear to keep away from the presence of meals residue, which may entice bears.
One wandering bear has been noticed all through Montoursville just lately.
Individuals who maintain bees, rabbits, chickens, and different small out of doors animals are suggested to arrange an electrical fence to discourage bears.
If a bear finds simply accessible meals on a property, it is going to doubtless proceed returning to the identical place. Trapping a bear and releasing it elsewhere is barely a short lived resolution, for the reason that bear have a propensity to return to the place the place it might probably seize a simple meal. When this occurs, bears usually develop into extra daring and will trigger property injury or undesirable direct interactions with individuals.
Along with property injury and harmful conferences, bears may also unfold illnesses resembling mange to pets and folks. The Pennsylvania Sport Fee reminds the general public: “A fed bear is a useless bear,” particularly when the animal turns into overly egregious and must be put down. Defend each wildlife and your property by holding wild bears wild.
The Noon Present mentioned bears on Tuesday, March 22. The dialogue begins at 7:50.
Bears are additionally steadily noticed on nature trails. The Montour Protect supplies suggestions for remaining alert when mountain climbing this spring.