Spring is in the Air!

Spring is in the air and that means that everything and everyone is starting to wake up again! Before you know it, flowers will be blossoming, and trees will be turning green. This also means that one of Nevada’s wild neighbors will be stirring from their deep slumber.

This is the time of year that black bears (Ursus americanus) emerge from their dens and, when they do, they’ll be hungry! With more snow in the mountains this year, there’s a chance that the bears will wander into the lower elevations in search of food. So, what can you do to avoid conflicts with hungry bears?

First and foremost, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) recommends removing any attractants from your property. This includes bird feeders or any other edibles. Simply taking your feeders down from dusk until dawn or spreading seeds out over a broad area on the ground can be an effective prevention method. If you keep bees or have a garden, you may want to consider an electric fence.

For more tips on how to avoid conflicts with bears, click here!

Fortunately, with a little effort on our part, we can help keep our wild neighbors safe and out of trouble by being responsible with our food and waste. And, of course, remember to talk with your friends and family about being bear aware!

Denise Peterson

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