Black Bear sightings more common in spring and early summer

(Wednesday, June 15, 2022 edition)

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. --- TWRA receives an increase in calls regarding black bear in spring and early summer. Sub-adult bears disperse this time of year and often move into new, unknown territory in search of food, water, and shelter.

Human outdoor activities such as hiking and camping also increase the potential for humans to spot a bear.

Humans unknowingly attract and provide for wild animals including black bear around their homes. Attractants include birdfeeders, trash, birdbaths, and pet food bowls with leftover food. These things can unintentionally lure bears and other unwanted wildlife closer to people. Following a few guidelines can decrease negative interactions and help deter bears.

TWRA Wildlife Biologist Casey Mullen shared, “Following a few simple tips can ensure the safety of humans, pets, and wildlife.”

Never follow a black bear. Give wildlife plenty of room to vacate an area. Following an animal for photos can unintentionally put wildlife or humans in harm’s way.

Never intentionally feed bears and look for unintentional food sources around homes. Trash, birdfeeders, unpicked garden vegetables, greasy grills, and outside pet food can attract bears.

Secure food, garbage, recycling, and grills in areas not accessible to bears and other wildlife.

Alert neighbors to bear activity and make noise when exiting your home to alert wildlife and provide time for them to move away.

Find more info, including hiking and camping in bear country, at bearwise.org

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