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.