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Fall Also The Season For Lots Of Hungry Bears

As we get into the fall months, people tend to see a lot more hungry bears in the foothills and mountains. Lesa Johnston is with education and outreach with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. She says bears experience a spike in their metabolisms as the winter season gets closer, signaling the need to bulk up. It’s estimated that foraging increases to as much as 20 hours a day…

click to listen to Lesa Johnston

During this transition, Johnston says property owners are reminded to more diligently manage food attractants around the home and yard…

click to listen to Lesa Johnston

Also, remove fallen fruit off the ground promptly. Bears have a sense of smell seven times stronger than a bloodhound and eyesight as good as a human’s. Johnston says residents leaving mountain cabins for the season should also seal and lock all doors and windows. Crawl spaces under homes or porches should be also be sealed, in order to prevent them from becoming hiberation sites. Don’t leave food or other scented items in your vehicle. And use bear-resistant garbage cans and wait to set trash out until the day of pick up.

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