If there is ever a time to be more vigilant about bears, then it is in the fall. Bears become more active as summer ends and winter approaches. At this time of year, bears are doing everything they can to put on weight before their winter hibernation begins. That means that most bears are eating and drinking virtually nonstop and always looking for their next meal. If you live in bear country, then you must go the extra mile to keep attractants away from these hungry animals. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to do as bears become more active.
Why do bears eat more in the fall months?
Bears are biologically programmed to chow down as the leaves change and the temperatures drop. This is called “hyperphagia”. In fact, bears can consume up to ten times more calories now than when they do in the spring and summer. For many bears, this means eating up to 20,000 calories a day! This helps them to pack on pounds so they stay healthy during hibernation.
Where do they find food?
Many fruits and berries are in season right now, so you’ll definitely find bears eating as many as they can. Acorns are another popular source of calories for bears now, too. But if bears can’t find enough of these foods out in nature, then they may begin to travel outside their normal limits. Most bears only sleep up to four hours a day this time of year, so they are constantly on the prowl, searching for more food. This may bring some bears into human territory, especially if they can smell that food is available. Popular targets for bears in search of food are homes where the trash and recycling are not properly maintained, fallen fruit from neighborhood trees, easily accessible bird feeders, and campgrounds and trails where people are consuming food.
How can you keep hungry bears away?
One of the most important things you can do as a homeowner or business owner in bear country is to eliminate bear attractants. Take down birdfeeders and don’t keep pet food outside. Clean up fallen fruit in your yard. Clean and store grills after use. Use bear-resistant trash and recycling cans and keep them stored in a shed or garage when possible. And of course, never intentionally feed a hungry bear.
What types of bear-resistant trash cans are available?
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