DNR reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be Bear Aware this Summer

DNR reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be Bear Aware this Summer

June 3, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (6/3/21)

(Minnesota) — As the temperatures increase and wildlife continues to be adventurous, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds hikers, campers, and other recreaters to be aware of bears when heading outdoors. 

People can peacefully share the outdoors with bears by paying attention to where and when they are most likely to encounter bears. Black bears are naturally cautious and normally avoid human-bear conflict, but people also need to do their part to prevent conflict. 

When in the woods, pay attention to certain times or locations where you’re most likely to encounter bears, keep your dogs leashed while recreating, carry bear spray if you live in frequent bear activity area, when encountering a bear back away slowly and give the bear an escape route, and if a bear makes contact with you, fight back.

When at a campsite, the DNR recommends to not feed the bears or allow access to human-related food sources, do not bring food or scented toiletries, keep a clean camp, clean your cooking area well, cook away from the tent and do not sleep in clothes you cooked in, don’t not bury food scraps, and remove all garbage and fish remains every evening.

More information concerning bear safety can be found on the DNR’s website.