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Black Bears on the Move – DEC Asks NYer’s to Secure Outdoor Food Sources


New Yorker’s are being reminded by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to secure any type of outdoor food sources which could attract black bears. The DEC says this time of year as black bears come out of hibernation, they will have depleted fat reserves and will search for easily accessible foods.

“Across New York, black bears are emerging from their winter dens and may seek out human-created food sources,” Commissioner Seggos said. “Repeat access to these food sources can make bears bolder, so I encourage New Yorkers to practice the BearWise basics to help keep bears wild and prevent the potential for human-bear conflicts.”

The DEC says those who have bird feeders are being encouraged to begin emptying and cleaning spilled seed from the feeders, and let nature feed the birds from spring through fall.

Garbage and recycling cans should be secured or stored inside a sturdy building. Pets and livestock should be kept indoors and those with chicken coops or apiaries should consider installing an electric fence.

New Yorkers are advised to never feed or approach bears. Feeding bears intentionally is dangerous and illegal. Bears that become habituated to being fed can become a threat to people and property.

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