September 22, 2023

Four Bears Wintering in Maine Man’s Back Yard

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Cross [Randy Cross, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife bear biologist] drew a distinction between leaving food for bears in a neighborhood setting and leaving bait for bears in rural settings during hunting season, however.

“Bears have learned to associate concentrated food sources with location,” Cross said. “A bear finds beechnuts on a ridge north of its home range, then searches other ridges north of his home range for nuts. This is why it’s important that they not find food near homes. And it’s one of the reasons why baiting bears deep in the woods does not cause bears to look for food in town.”<<<Read More>>>