We’ve all heard that keeping food away from bears is quite possibly the most important thing humans can do to prevent conflicts, habituation and confrontations between bears and people.
This time of year, it’s more important than ever.
As bears begin to put on those highly valuable, last-minute pounds before hibernation, they start taking risks, and will often wander closer and closer to urban areas. Drawn in by their noses, far too often they find exactly what they hoped: garbage. Or, perhaps it’s chickens. Perhaps, it’s an out-too-early bird feeder.