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Caution: Bears emerging from their dens

Caution: Bears emerging from their dens

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Black bears are starting to leave their dens after a long winter slumber in a search for food, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources warned today.

With a scarcity of their natural food sources – plants, berries and insects – this early in the season, bears are particularly attracted to human-provided sources.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds residents of the state’s bear country to be proactive and exercise good judgment to avoid contact.

“Keeping bears wild is a community effort that benefits both them and us,” said Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto. “Using care to avoid attracting bears now will help keep them away throughout the year.”

Bears are most common in Maryland’s four westernmost counties – Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington. They typically make dens in wooded areas.

The department urges residents to clean or remove anything outdoors that may smell like food, by taking a number of actions:

  • Lock garbage in a bear-proof trash container, or keep it inside the house or garage until pickup.
  • Rinse trash containers with ammonia to eliminate odors.
  • Store cooking grills inside or keep them clean of food residue.
  • Take down backyard bird-feeders from April through November ─ birds have plenty of wild food sources during these months.

For more information on living and camping in bear country is available from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Any bear-related issues or questions can be directed to 301.777.2136.

SOURCE: Maryland Department of Natural Resources press release

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Greg Gerber is the editor and founder of RV Daily Report. A native of Madison, Wis., he moved to Phoenix in 2009 to escape the endless winters and wicked humidity of the six-week "summer" season. He's a DODO -- Dad of Daughter's Only -- who would crawl across the desert on his hands and knees for an In-N-Out Double Double. He has visited every state except Hawaii and is anxiously waiting for some RV company to host a conference in the Aloha State.

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