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Posted on: April 28, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Bear Activity Notice

DEP wildlife experts stress that a black bear passing through a residential area should not be considered a problem, as long as it is behaving normally and not posing a threat. They offer the following tips to minimize conflicts with bears this spring:

-Use certified bear-resistant garbage containers if possible. Otherwise, store all garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids and place them along the inside walls of your garage, or in the basement, a sturdy shed or other secure area.

-Wash garbage containers frequently with a disinfectant solution to remove odors.

-Put out garbage on collection day, not the night before.

-Avoid feeding birds when bears are active. If you choose to feed birds, do so during daylight hours only and bring feeders indoors at night. Suspend birdfeeders from a free-hanging wire, making sure they are at least 10 feet off the ground. Clean up spilled seeds and shells daily.

-Immediately remove all uneaten food and food bowls used by pets fed outdoors.

-Clean outdoor grills and utensils to remove food and grease residue. Store grills securely.

-Do not place meat or any sweet foods in compost piles.

-Remove fruit or nuts that fall from trees in your yard.

-Properly installed electric fencing is an effective way of protecting crops, beehives and livestock.

-If you encounter a bear remain calm and do not run. Make sure the bear has an escape route. Avoid direct eye contact, back up slowly and speak with a low, assertive voice.

-Call the Millburn Police non-emergent number: 973-564-7001

Report bear damage, nuisance behavior or aggressive bears to the Wildlife Control Unit of the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife at (908) 735-8793. During evenings and weekends, residents should call their local police department or the DEP Hotline at (877) WARN-DEP.

Visit NJ Fish and Wildlife website for more info
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