(AP) – Wildlife officials offer the following tips to avoid human conflicts with hungry black bears:
_ Store garbage securely.
_ Feed pets indoors.
_ Remove birdfeeders during the summer.
_ While camping, store food, garbage and toiletries in bear-resistant canisters away from your sleeping and activity area.
_ Never approach or surround a bear.
_ Yell, clap or bang pots to scare a bear away.
_ If you feel threatened, don’t run, but back away slowly.
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