As spring gets warmer in Michigan, the black bears start to get moving in search of food.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fields many calls in the spring about bear sightings and damaging property.
“Bears are hungry,” says DNR bear specialist Kevin Swanson. “They are looking for food after spending months in their dens. We might not think of bird feeders and trash cans as food sources, but a hungry bear certainly may.”
Most people wouldn’t think it, but bears are attracted to birdseed in the spring. That’s because the feed is high in fat content and easy to access.
If a bear finds food on a property, it will remember that and return. When the food source is removed, and the bear consistently finds nothing to eat, it will move on. The DNR will help with nuisance black bears, if all food sources have been removed.
If food sources have been removed for two to three weeks, and the bears still haven’t moved on, the DNR recommends contacting the nearest office to speak with a wildlife biologist or technician.
DNR officials say that regulated hunting is most effective for managing black bears.