Don’t Feed The Bears
Years ago as a kid, when my parents rented a camp in Old Forge, a big deal at the end of the day was a ride to the dump to see if we could spot any black bears. Well, those bears aren’t Yogi and Boo-Boo; they’re wild animals and can be a nuisance and even dangerous. So the word from the DEC, “Don’t feed the bears”.
According to our sister station WIBX:
The Department of Environmental Conservation is warning residents to not feed the area’s black bear population. According to the DEC, black bears will take advantage of any unprotected food source, eventually becoming a nuisance.
To curb the problem, big game biologist Jeremy Hurst says there is a simple way to minimize black bear encounters. “Bird seed, dirty garbage that’s left or stored outside, a grill that hasn’t been cleaned… these are attractants for bears,” said Hurst. Bird feeders and grills should be stored when not in use, and garbage should be kept contained until pick-up.
The DEC says feeding black bears, even inadvertently, is illegal and may cause conflicts between bears and people.”
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