Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development is reminding Manitobans that black bears are preparing for the coming winter and are forging for food.
With their natural foods in short supply in some areas the bears may wander into communities in search of food.
The province says that there has been a higher than normal amount of interaction between bears and humans throughout the province. Once a bear associates an area with food they tend to come back multiple times which can be dangerous for both people and the bears.
Although the province tries to relocate problem bears sometimes they are forced to use lethal force. The best way to reduce risk of a bear encounter is by securing the things that attract them including garbage, compost, human and pet food.
To help reduce issues with black bears never approach or feed a bear or any wild animal. Keep your dog no a leash when walking outside. If you have fruit trees on your property clean up any fallen fruit and don’t let it rot on the ground. It is also a good idea to remove your bird feeders between April and November.
If you enter bear country assume they are in the area even if none have been reported and make noise, walk in groups and be aware of your surroundings. Carrying bear spray is also a good idea but make sure you know how to use it before you have to.
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