Government warns people not to feed black bears

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The Department of Natural Resources is warning people of the dangers of feeding black bears.
According to a news release, reports of people feeding black bears have increased significantly, particularly along the Trans-Labrador Highway between Churchill Falls and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
The department warns residents that feeding wild animals is extremely dangerous as these animals can be unpredictable when approached by humans.
Residents are also encouraged to take appropriate steps, including the proper storage, collection and disposal of garbage, to avoid attracting bears into their communities and backyards where the animals can pose a risk to public safety.
Improperly stored garbage attracts bears into communities and residents are also encouraged to refrain from storing garbage in outside containers until collection day.
If anyone encounters a bear, they are reminded to: remain calm; back away slowly and do not run; avoid eye contact with the bear; and, remove any garbage or food that may have attracted the bear.

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay

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