The bears are coming, and they are hungry. That’s especially true in the fall during hyperphagia – a period when they bulk up for the lean months ahead. Bears are food opportunists. The easy meal is the best meal, which they often find in neighborhoods in unsecured trash.
Encounters like these can be dangerous not only for people, but also for bears. FWC is working with state and local partners to encourage communities to become more BearWise through bear resistant trash containers and other practices that seek to reduce conflicts.