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Posted on: October 19, 2022

Be BearWise at Home, Outdoors and on Vacation

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Six At-Home BearWise Basics

1.  Never Feed or Approach BearsIntentionally feeding bears or allowing them to find anything that smells or tastes like food teaches bears to approach homes and people looking for more. Learn More
2. Secure Food, Garbage and RecyclingFood and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward them with easily available food, liquids or garbage. Learn More
3. Remove Bird Feeders When Bears Are ActiveBirdseed and grains have lots of calories, so they’re very attractive to bears. Removing feeders is the best way to avoid creating conflicts with bears. Learn More
4. Never Leave Pet Food OutdoorsFeed pets indoors when possible. If you must feed pets outside, feed in single portions and remove bowls afterwards. Store pet food where bears can’t see or smell it. Learn More
5. Clean & Store GrillsClean grills after each use and make sure that all grease, fat and food particles are removed. Store clean grills and smokers in a secure area that keeps bears out. Learn More
6. Alert Neighbors to Bear Activity - See bears in the area or evidence of bear activity? Tell your neighbors and share info on how to avoid bear conflicts. Learn More 

MN DNR Six At-Home BearWise Basics (PDF)
MN DNR Six Outdoor BearWise Basics (PDF)
MN DNR BearWise Outdoor Safety Tips (PDF)
MN DNR BearWise Vacation Tips (PDF)

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