Take Down Your Bird Feeders!

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/27 2014 10:59AM

Updated 03/27 2014 11:08AM

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game Department is recommending residents take down their bird feeders from April 1 to December 1. 

A press release says the public is urged to be proactive and take down the bird feeders now to prevent attracting a bear to their home. Waiting for a bear to get the bird feeder and then responding will encourage foraging behavior by bears near residences. 

The department offers these tips to avoid encounters with bears:
  • Stop all bird feeding by April 1. 
  • Clean up any spilled birdseed and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Secure all garbage in airtight containers inside a garage or adequate storage area, and put garbage out on the morning of pickup, not the night before. If using a dumpster, inform your dumpster company that you need a dumpster with metal locking tops and doors that are inaccessible to bears and other wildlife.
  • Avoid putting meat or other food scraps in your compost pile.
  • Don't leave pet food dishes outside overnight.
  • Clean and store outdoor grills after each use.
  • Finally, never feed bears!
For more information on preventing conflicts with black bears, visit wildnh.com/Wildlife/Somethings_Bruin.htm.

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