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Long winter=extra hungry bears
Hungry black bear are beginning to emerge from hibernation and state wildlife officials are encouraging people to take precautions to avoid any problems. Brad Phenow reports.
Black bears are leaving their dens and are searching for food. The Wisconsin DNR is encouraging residents to remove any goodies. Brad Koele is the Wildlife Damage Specialist for the DNR. He says the bears are hungry and looking for just about anything.
“Natural foods at this time of year are limited. They’re attracted to any other food sources they can find; garbage cans, bird feeders, or potentially even grills that have a little residue on them after cooking.”
Koele says with the long, cold winter the bears have spent a little longer hibernating.
“We have had reports of bear siting’s in the last month. Probably a little bit later than normal for the majority of [bear] activity but we are pretty much on task as we’ve seen in other years.”
Gary Dalzell is the Owner of Woodside Cottages in Bayfield. He says they have reinforced their dumpster to keep bears out.
“A lot of your regular four yard dumpsters just have a hard plastic cover on the top that you can just flip up with your hand and throw your garbage in. This has a medal top on it and it locks.”
He says people should expect and enjoy the natural wildlife of the Northwood’s.
“Many of our guests enjoy seeing them whenever they are visible, but it is rare that you see one.”
Koele says it’s important to be prepared if you are confronted by a bear.
“Make your presence is known, make loud noises, yell and scream at it, try to scare it away. That typical harassment like that will re-instill that fear of humans and in most cases that bear will leave.”
He says leave the nuisance bears to the DNR.
“If anybody is having problems with an aggressive bear, or even a bear entering a dwelling or anything like that they should give U.S. Department of Wildlife Services a call and they can help out.
The number for the U.S. Department of Wildlife services in the northern region is 715-369-5221.
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