Don't be surprised if you happen to see a black bear run across your yard this fall. (Have no fear, they probably aren't here to stay, they're just on the lookout for food.)

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The summer drought hasn't only affected humans but animals as well. Black bears included. Due to the dry summer, bears are facing a food shortage, which means they are starting to wander into neighbors full of delectable smells.

This time of year, Minnesota's bears eat as many as 10,000 to 15,000 calories a day. They start to feed nocturnally and for longer periods of time to prepare for hibernation. 

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They love nutrition-rich acorns, hazelnuts, and berries. 

Why Do I Do If I See A Bear In My Yard?

  1. Identify Yourself: Talk calmly and slowly wave your arms so the bear can identify you as a human and not a prey animal. 
  2. Stay Calm: Keep your cool. Avoid running and yelling.
  3. Pick Up Small Children
  4. Do NOT Allow Bears Access to your Food: Giving the animal food will only encourage it to return.
  5. Move Away Slowly and Sideways: This way, you can keep an eye on the bear and not trip.
  6. Be Extra Cautious Around Females With Cubs: Mama bears are extra protective, and therefore, more easily provoked. 

In other words, use your common sense and keep your distance!

 

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