With temperatures starting to rise, Wisconsin DNR reminds residents to be ‘bear aware’

(WFRV) – As the weather in Wisconsin starts to warm up, officials with the DNR are reminding residents to be ‘bear aware’ and giving some tips on what to do to avoid a bear encounter.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) posted on its Facebook page asking residents to be ‘bear aware’ on outdoor adventures this spring. Officials specifically mentioned black bears and how they search for food and possibly new territory after emerging from their dens.

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Below are some tips that the DNR provided to reduce the chance of an encounter with a bear:

  • Completely remove bird feeders, even during daytime hours

  • Reduce smells from trash and recycling containers

  • Limit the amount of time pets and pet food are left outside unattended

  • Be conscious of attractants like grills and picnic tables

  • Avoid feeding or interacting with black bears

The release advised people to stay calm and not to run when encountering a bear. People are advised to wave their arms and make loud noises, according to the DNR.

People should never approach a bear.

If a bear is near your home or cabin, try to scare the bear away by making loud noises (pots and pans are great for this). Bears tend to avoid interactions with humans, so make sure they have a clear escape route.

If unable to resolve a recurring issue with a nuisance bear, contact the USDA Wildlife Services toll-free line at 1-800-433-0663 for properties in southern Wisconsin or at 1-800-228-1368 for properties in northern Wisconsin.

Wisconsin DNR on their Facebook page

More information about avoiding unexpected interactions with black bears can be found on the DNR’s website.

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