Bears on the prowl

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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CROWES MILLS - Hungry, black bears are on the prowl.
Bear sightings have been reported in several parts of Colchester County over the past couple of weeks and officials believe they are being drawn by the scent of some easy meals.
"This time of year they're out foraging for food," said Department of Natural Resources area supervisor Russell MacKinlay. "Of course, they're attracted to a lot of the food and scraps that we leave around as humans. "They're scraps to us but they're an easy source of food to a bear."
To help avoid such encounters, MacKinlay said residents should keep pet food inside and ensure barbecues are clean and free of grease.
As well, meat scraps or seafood shells should not be thrown outside or placed inside composter containers until the night before they are to be picked up.
If a bear continues to be a problem in a given area, MacKinlay said, the department will set out a live trap in order to capture it for removal to another location.

Organizations: DAILY NEWS, Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Colchester County

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