Homeowners urged to prepare for bears’ emergence from hibernation

As bears emerge from hibernation soon, the DNR is reminding homeowners to check their properties for potential food sources that could attract bears.

After hibernation, bears’ metabolism gradually ramps up as they look for food when vegetation is scarce.

“Please take the time now to remove or secure anything that could attract a bear,” said Eric Nelson, DNR wildlife damage program supervisor.

“Prevention is key. Once a bear finds a food source, it will likely return again.”

Home and cabin owners should remove or secure birdseed, livestock feed, garbage and compost to reduce potential conflicts.

Bears are more common in northern Minnesota and are generally shy around humans.

People should be cautious around bears and give them space.

More information on how to coexist with bears is available online.

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