Biologists and ECO have recently received reports of bears roaming the neighborhoods in search of food and territory. DEC Commissioner Seggo said, “We are encouraging New Yorkers to help reduce the potential for negative interactions with bears by removing things that bears look attractive like pet food and trash.”

Northern Catskills is the main habitat for black bears. In fact, the entire area around the Catskill Mountains maintains a strong and healthy black bear population. This inevitably leads to human bear conflicts, especially in summer, which is a very active time for black bears.

“Bear Bears are distributed by family groups, breeding bears are looking for mates and all keep food for food to gain the necessary fat for the winter. With this added activity comes a greater potential for human bear conflicts, when bears find food near humans. ”

The DEC recently introduced some guidelines that have proven to be effective in reducing human / gold conflicts. They are:

Bears have a highly developed sense of smell, and feeding pets outdoors can inevitably lead to spilled, unsaturated, or stored animal feed that attracts bears, as well as other animals such as breeds, skunks, and opossums. Keeping and feeding pets indoors will help you avoid unwanted visits to your home by the bear looking for pet food.

DEC and common sense dictate the need to provide waste indoors or an enclosed building until the morning of receipt. Storing garbage outside at all times is like ringing the dinner bell for black bears. Many bears are very aware of your garbage collection schedule and plan their activity around it.

This is especially true when they have managed to mark a large meal from unsecured garbage containers. Bear protection containers and dumps are operational and should be available from your waste disposal company.

If leaving unsafe litter is like ringing the dinner bell for bears, keeping out bird feeders is akin to sending them a personal dessert invitation. Black bears absolutely love bird seed, especially sunflower seeds smeared with black oil in the backyard. Its cake is like M&M for pieces.

The only time when his safety to keep bird feeders in bear place is the only time when birds really need our help; during the winter when bears are raised and natural fodder is scarce for wintering birds. So if it is spring, summer or autumn, remove suppliers.

This is easy. Foods cooked on the outside grill often create an odor / smoke trail that can lure bears. But the fat pan underneath many types of baking stays on the grill long after the smoke and aroma dissipate. This makes it a constant attraction of hungry bears in the area. Most types of grease traps on gas grilles are easily removed for cleaning.

So the bottom line is, if you live in a bear country, (and if you’re reading this, you probably are), and feed pets indoors, secure your litter, remove bird feeders, and clean up fat from your grill, you are likely to be the person who does NOT have any conflict with the bears.

You may even be lucky enough to see the majestic black bear as it passes safely through your yard. Without finding food, it probably won’t last longer than the time for a quick photo with your phone. Turning a potential negative into an exciting positive just because you followed some reasonable suggestions from the DEC.

Simply put, and to quote an old anthem among pesky bear professionals, Take away the Food, Take away the Bear.

Spend a Great 4th of July, and Enjoy Hunting, Fishing and Traps until next time.

Columbia County resident and local bass tour organizer Bill Johnson says the next Lake Taghkanic Bass Tour will be July 17 from 4-11 a.m. Admission is $ 40 per person and includes lunch price entry.

Weighing is in West Beach. 100% payment for 1st place, 30% for 2nd 25%, 20% for 4th and 15% for 5th 10% with 6th place earning their entry fee again . The rules of the tournament are five fish per boat, the fish must be alive while weighing, live bait is allowed. Ships must have a living well. For more information call Bill Johnson at (518) 537-5455. Subsequent tours scheduled for July 31 and August 14.

Remember to report poaching violations by calling 1-844-DEC-ECOS.

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