Summer is a busy time for bears across New York state, and the Department of Environmental Conservation encourages people to avoid conflict and interaction with bears.
When we enter the summer months here in the Hudson Valley, we will see all kinds of creatures. Chances are one of these creatures is a bear looking for food. In summer, younger bears break away from their family groups.
Breeding bears will be on the lookout for a mate, and all bears will look for food to gain the fat they need to survive the next winter. Obviously, the increase in activity among bears increases the likelihood of conflict between humans and bears when the bear finds food around humans.
People who live in areas of the state and the Hudson Valley where bears are more common should take a few simple steps this summer to keep their neighborhood and bears safe from harm.
Make sure your trash cans are secured indoors or in a locked outbuilding. Remove bird feeders and remove fat from your grills. Residents should also secure cattle feed and not feed their pets outdoors.
By following these steps you can protect the bears from putting yourself in a bad situation and of course you won’t have to deal with a bear in your yard. It’s kind of scary when a hungry bear comes along on your sidewalk in search of a snack. It happened once during my vacation, and even though we had everything secured, the bear still got what it wanted.
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