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NY to prevent unwanted friends from approaching your home this spring

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This is the time of year when the bears wake up from their slumber. Here are some tips to prevent them from approaching your home.

With the warmer weather we’ve had, it’s a sign that spring is here. Another sign is by far the most obvious, the first official calendar day of spring is this Sunday, March 20. As noted above, the bears are starting to come out of their winter hibernation and they are hungry. So what can you do to avoid seeing a bear walking through your yard?

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Bears are by nature very opportunistic eaters according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In other words, they will literally take whatever they can get in most situations. That trash bag that’s in the trash can next to your house might just be a prime target for them. Bird feeders and food left outside for your pet can also be a source of attraction.

See that bear relaxing in a tree? He could be sitting like this in your backyard patiently waiting for another round of trash to be served. the DEC also says that bears have a sharp memory, especially when it comes to finding where they can feed. If they found food in your garden once, chances are they’ll come back remembering how easy it was to get a meal.

That’s the easy part, the bears haven’t woken up yet. the NYS DEC advises you by April 1 to take down all bird feeders, avoid letting trash sit outside, and also bring food for your pets to avoid a unwanted problem there as well.

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