Wisconsin officials warn as hibernating bears stir from slumber

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With the arrival of spring, hibernating bears are waking up and on the lookout for food.

Wisconsin’s DNR said springtime is when it typically receives the highest number of complaints about bears especially as they’re coming out of their dens in search for food.

That includes access to bird feeders, garbage cans, grills or even pet food left outside can be targets for hungry bears.

DNR officials suggest removing bird feeders even during daytime hours.

Reducing garbage odors by rinsing food cans before putting them in bins and keeping barbeque grills and picnic tables clean.

“The best thing we can do is to make sure we’re not attracting them into our living environments and creating situations where conflicts can occur,” wildlife biologist Bill Hogseth said. “We want those animals out in their natural habitats and looking for natural food sources.”

If you do see a bear the DNR said don’t panic instead wave your arms and make noise to scare it away then back away slowly and find a safe location 

The DNR said feeding bear on purpose is illegal.

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