Oct. 15: Tips for Avoiding Encounters with Black Bears
Posted On October 18, 2010
The fall is when black bears are most active in New Brunswick as they forage for food to prepare for the upcoming winter. To minimize bear problems on your property:
- Reduce garbage odours by rinsing food cans and wrappers before disposal
- Compost only vegetable scraps, never meat or fish
- Keep meat scraps in your freezer until garbage pickup day
- Wash garbage cans regularly and use lime or baking soda to cut odours
- Keep garbage cans in a bear-proof container or in a closed garage until the morning of pickup
- Remove bird feeders at night and hang at a height of at least 2.5 m
- Keep barbecue grills and picnic tables clean
- Use energized electric fencing to keep bears out of beehives, gardens, fruit trees and berry patches
- If a bear comes into your yard, don’t panic, approach the bear or shoot it.
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