Why Southeast Minnesota Can Expect To See More Bears This Fall
Don't be surprised if you happen to see a black bear run across your yard this fall. (Have no fear, they probably aren't here to stay, they're just on the lookout for food.)
The summer drought hasn't only affected humans but animals as well. Black bears included. Due to the dry summer, bears are facing a food shortage, which means they are starting to wander into neighbors full of delectable smells.
This time of year, Minnesota's bears eat as many as 10,000 to 15,000 calories a day. They start to feed nocturnally and for longer periods of time to prepare for hibernation.
They love nutrition-rich acorns, hazelnuts, and berries.
Why Do I Do If I See A Bear In My Yard?
- Identify Yourself: Talk calmly and slowly wave your arms so the bear can identify you as a human and not a prey animal.
- Stay Calm: Keep your cool. Avoid running and yelling.
- Pick Up Small Children
- Do NOT Allow Bears Access to your Food: Giving the animal food will only encourage it to return.
- Move Away Slowly and Sideways: This way, you can keep an eye on the bear and not trip.
- Be Extra Cautious Around Females With Cubs: Mama bears are extra protective, and therefore, more easily provoked.
In other words, use your common sense and keep your distance!