Hungry bears pose problem in residential neighborhoods

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s that time of year when animals start coming out of hibernation. 22News is working for you with some tips to keep animals away from your home.

In some areas of Western Mass it’s Black Bears that pose the biggest problem.

Now that spring has started, bears are waking up from their winter hibernation, and they’re hungry. If you have any food or garbage around the outside of your home, that could mean trouble.

22News spoke to one man who says he’s been seeing the same clan of bears for years.

“There’s a family with a mom with three babies that come through once and a while, they remember where the food is so bears that are older can come back to your bird feeders and have an opportunity each year”, said Michael Asselan of Belchertown.

22News also spoke with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and they have some tips to make sure you keep the animals away from your house.

They said make sure you take down all your bird feeders. In most cases, bears will actually overlook natural food and head right to the bird feeder for a good meal.

They also told 22News to make sure you put your garbage out the morning it’s going to be picked up if possible, and to make sure all your garbage bags are in a pale and left loose on the front yard.

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