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Bear safety is stressed during fall months 0

By Brandon Logan, Portage Daily Graphic

Black bears are problem in Ward 8, candidate says. (QMI Agency)

Black bears are problem in Ward 8, candidate says. (QMI Agency)

As the summer ends and fall weather begins to take shape, black bears around Manitoba will begin to stock up for their hibernation period over the winter.

Dean Berezanski, wildlife biologist with Manitoba Conservation, warns that people should take extra precautions to not attract hungry bears.

“Most people have positive experiences with bears, but we are trying to minimize the negative ones,” he said. “We want to educate the public so they can remove attractive things that could lure bears to their living spaces.”

While people are always encouraged to clean up their waste, there are other unknown factors that could attract hungry bears.

“Bird feeders can attract bears,” said Berezanski. “At this time of the year, they are trying to maximize the amount of energy for sleeping over the winter. In Southern Manitoba, bears can eat up to 11 pounds of acorns a day in attempts to build up fat reserves. Bears could find that amount of energy in just seven bird feeders. We encourage people to take them down during this time of the year.”

Another attractant are fruit trees. Berezanski urges people to pick up all fruit that fall off the tree to avoid having a bear come near any living spaces.

See more in this weeks edition of The Central Plains Herald-Leader.

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