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Keep bears away by taking down bird feeders, DNR says

LANSING, MI— The Department of Natural Resources is urging residents to remove their bird feeders before bears find them.

This time of year, bears are leaving their dens and looking for food. The DNR says to prevent a bear encounter in your backyard, take bird feeders down, bring garbage cans inside, and remove outdoor pet foods.

Allowing bears to eat from food sources near homes can often lead to problems for both the people who live there and the bears. It can turn bears into repeat visitors who may lose their fear of humans, cause damage to property, or create dangerous situations for people, livestock, and pets.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.