Spring is Back – That Means Black Bears Are, Too
Daffodils are blooming, the scent of lilac is in the air, and delicate blossoms are emerging on every tree. Spring is back – and that means black bears are, too. A massive black bear was recently seen in the Hudson Valley in New York, while a homeowner in Wappingers Falls, New York, was astonished to see a black bear exploring her trampoline and playing with a soccer ball. Encounters with black bears in early spring can be common in areas where these animals are found. While black bears are generally shy and tend to avoid humans, it is still important to take precautions. Here are some tips to help you avoid contact with black bears in early spring.
Know the habits of black bears in early spring
Black bears are active during the spring season after emerging from their dens. They are often in search of food after a long winter hibernation. They tend to forage in areas with fresh vegetation or where insects are abundant. Black bears also tend to be more active during the early morning and late afternoon hours. Knowing these habits can help you avoid areas where black bears are likely to be found.
Avoid hiking or camping alone
When you hike or camp in black bear country, it is important to travel in groups. The more people you have with you, the less likely it is that a black bear will approach. Make sure that everyone in your group knows how to avoid contact with bears and what to do in case of an encounter.
Keep a safe distance from black bears
If you do encounter a black bear, it is important to keep a safe distance. Black bears can run very fast – up to 30 mph – so do not attempt to outrun them. If a bear stands on its hind legs, it is not necessarily attacking. Instead, it is trying to get a better view or sense of smell. Keep a distance of at least a football field between you and the bear if possible.
Carry bear spray and know how to use it
Bear spray is a variety of pepper spray that is designed to repel bears. It is available at most outdoor supply stores. Make sure that you carry it with you when you hike or camp in bear country and that you know how to use it before you go on your hike.
Keep a clean campsite
If you are camping in black bear country, it is important to keep a clean campsite. Do not leave food or trash out, as this can attract bears. Instead, store all food and garbage in bear-resistant containers or hang it from a tree at least 10 feet off the ground and 4 feet away from the tree trunk. This will help prevent bears from entering your campsite.
Make noise while hiking
Black bears are generally shy and tend to avoid humans. Making noise while you hike can help to alert bears of your presence, giving them time to move away. Clap your hands or talk loudly while you hike. This will help to avoid surprising bears, which can lead to dangerous encounters.
Know how to respond to an encounter
If you do encounter a black bear, it is important to know how to respond. Do not run – this can trigger a chase response. Instead, stand your ground and try to make yourself look bigger by raising your arms and opening your jacket. Speak loudly and firmly, and back away slowly. If the bear charges, use your bear spray as a last resort.
Keep attractants at bay
Finally, as they say, the best defense is a good offense. Keep black bears away from your property by properly storing attractants including human food, pet food, bird seed, and garbage. BearSaver offers a wide variety of trash cans, recycle bins, and food storage containers for a range of uses including residential, commercial, municipal, and Homeland Security. When you’re looking for bear-proof containers, BearSaver is the nation’s #1 choice!
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