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Tips for avoiding conflicts with black bears

(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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