Georgia DNR says bear sightings spike this time of year. Here’s what to do.

A black bear was caught in a harmless leg trap in order to be fitted with a tracking collar as part of a previous study of bear populations in Central Georgia.

A black bear was caught in a harmless leg trap in order to be fitted with a tracking collar as part of a previous study of bear populations in Central Georgia.

The end of summer means back to school, the start of football season and (hopefully) cooler days.

However, for Georgia’s black bears, late summer means it’s time to eat whatever food is available.

This is nature, after all.

As this time approaches, the Georgia Department of Wildlife Resources is urging residents to be more prepared to watch bears by cleaning up any loose litter and securing food storage boxes/refrigerators or other items that might tempt bears.

“It is not uncommon for human bear conflicts to intensify in late summer, as bears have been ‘trained’ and ‘taught’ throughout the summer about finding food around homes and neighborhoods where unoccupied bear attractants often abound,” Adam Hammond told Wildlife for the Wildlife. Safe.Resources Section.“Denying the free meal and forcing them to look elsewhere in their search for food is still the best course of action—for people and bears.”

Hammond noted that even bird feeders and pet food bowls can become attractive to bears, being seen as “easy food” for them and they will keep coming back.

And if they keep coming back, danger could happen to your home, your pets, or even you.

Female bears are particularly busy at this time of year; They are not only looking for food for themselves, but for their cubs, and can easily get angry if they are approached or turned away. Angry bears rush in and can cause damage to vehicles and homes, so it’s important to stay away if a bear is seen.

According to biologists, watching a bear can be a wonderful experience. As more and more people live closer to their homes in the woods, the chances of seeing black bears increase. The key is to stay a safe distance. Our mission is to provide plenty of space for bears to live and find their own healthy, natural foods. Their safety and ours depends on our behavior in Bear Country.”

Making it more difficult for bears to get rid of food around your house will make it safer and more fun for everyone. It really is a win-win situation.

For more information about bears, how to keep you safe bear watching and how to prepare your home for the season, visit the Georgia Department of Wildlife Resources website or BearWise.org.

This story was originally published September 15, 2022 5:00 pm.

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