Dry summer could draw bears to backyards, Maine warns

Black bear in garbage cans
Black bear in garbage cans(Associated Press)
Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 11:26 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine wildlife officials are warning residents that a dry summer this year could lure bears to residents’ backyards.

Dry summers can cause shortages of the natural foods black bears eat, such as berries and beechnuts.

Hungry bears then go looking for bird feeders, grills, trash cans and livestock.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said conflicts between people and bears are most common in the spring and early summer. That’s when bears emerge from their winter dens.

The wildlife department said nuisance bear visits can be avoided by removing or securing the food sources that attract them.

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