Experts warn that during the fall season bears may be attracted to trash, pet food, birdfeeders, and other human-provided food sources, which can lead to dangerous encounters.
As temperatures begin falling, black bear activity usually increases as the animals prepare for hibernation.
According to Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Keeping trash and pet food in a place where bears can’t get to it is the best way to avoid problems with bears.
Citizens should also delay feeding songbirds until the winter months to avoid attracting these animals.
Since bears may travel many miles in search of food, motorists traveling in Maryland’s western counties are reminded to watch for them crossing roads, especially during October and November.
Maryland’s bears will begin entering dens in mid-November and most are denned by mid-December.
To learn more about Maryland black bears, citizens can contact DNR staff 301-777-2136 (Western Region), or 410-260-8540 (statewide).
source: MD DNR