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DNR reminds residents to help prevent human-bear conflicts


To prevent nuisance black bear activity, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds residents to remove bear attractants from their yards in the coming months.

To avoid potential conflicts with bears, residents should remove bird feeders, pet food and food scraps from their yards and secure trash and other bear attractants on their property. The same preventative steps should be taken while camping.
“Deliberately feeding a black bear is illegal in West Virginia, but unintentionally feeding a bear also causes serious problems for humans, their property and our state animal,” said Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the WVDNR. “Once a bear gets used to getting food from humans, they can become a danger and often must be humanely killed.”

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