How Capital Regioners Can Avoid Encounters With Hungry Bears
As the warmer weather approaches, the DEC warns that American black bear could be wandering out of its form of hibernation, looking to grab a quick, tasty meal on-the-go. Human food is one source for the hungry creature so be prepared to do the following as a way to prevent bears from wandering into your backyard, or worse, your home.
According to a report from News 10 ABC, The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding New Yorkers to follow some basic guidelines - and us a little common sense - to avoid accidentally turning your home or backyard into a bear-b-que.
They advise New Yorkers to take down bird feeders by April 1 and store garbage inside secure buildings. Also, according to the DEC:
- Store your garbage cans and grills in a secure location.
- Locks on garbage can lids and electric fencing will deter black bears.
- Put your garbage cans out for pick-up the day-of and not days before.
- Keep your gardens and lawn free of waste and other garbage.
- For compost, don't put meats or sweets in it. Also, keep your composts, gardens, and fruit trees at least 50 yards from nearby forest tree lines.