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What are bears up to now?

87729094-72dpiBy October the days are dwindling down to a precious few for hungry bears determined to eat enough before hibernating to survive the winter. Many bears are denned up by Halloween, but bears that are still awake and about are on a calorie hunt. Please help keep bears wild, by storing anything that might attract a hungry bear securely out of sight, smell and reach.

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Beary Smart Solutions are popping up all over the country. Check out the various pages under the Beary Smart Solution section, or better yet, grab a copy of the book to read how homeowners and communities are making big strides in coexisting with bears.

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"To enter bear territory without understanding bears should be illegal. This book is a must-read if we want to coexist with bears."

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Bears can't read. Only people can prevent human-bear conflicts.

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Birdfeeders kill bears. Two pounds of birdseed has 3,480 calories. Letting a bear empty your birdfeeder teaches it that there are big rewards for hanging around humans – a lesson that's dangerous for both people and bears.

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A black bear can smell food up to five miles away. Bears routinely travel five to fifteen miles a day looking for food.

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A black bear is smarter than the smartest dog and capable of simple deductions like coolers equal food.

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Bears are smart enough to remember what night is garbage night. Putting trash out the morning of pick up can virtually eliminate bear visits.

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During late summer and fall, an adult bear's calorie needs zoom from 2,000 a day to 20,000 a day. Bears eat almost nonstop trying to layer on enough fat to survive the winter.

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The younger and more inexperienced the bear, the easier it is to teach it to avoid people and human food sources. Those cubs getting into your garbage and feeders won't be so cute when they weigh 350 pounds and are eyeing your kitchen.

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A firm shout or sharp clap will send most bears that come nosing around your home running for their lives from the scary humans.

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Attractive plantings, hanging flower baskets, bird baths and water features attract birds without endangering bears.

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Feeding pets outside your home attracts bears. Dog food, cat food and horse grain are packed with calories that bears want.

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Lever-style door handles are a cinch for bears to open. If you have 'em, replace them with old-fashioned round door knobs or keep doors locked while bears are active.

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