From NDOW: http://www.ndow.org/Governor-Sandoval-Declares-July-BEAR-Logic-Month/
Nevada's Governor, Brian Sandoval, has declared July "BEAR Logic Month.” "BEAR” stands for Bear Education, Aversion and Research, and BEAR Logic Month is an opportunity to help educate the public about living in bear country.
To meet the goal of BEAR Logic Month, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has put together a series of public service announcements (PSA), press releases and a resource page on the NDOW website at www.ndow.org/Bear. In addition, the agency will host a BEAR Logic event for kids and is holding a youth coloring contest in a push to inform the public about steps that help decrease bear encounters.
Bear and human-wildlife conflicts often become more common with Northern Nevadans during the summer months, and living in bear country requires that residents take extra precautions.
"Bears can be very tolerant of humans, and very adaptable to urban environments,” says NDOW game biologist Carl Lackey. "People are attracting birds with bird feeders, deer with ornamental shrubs and coyotes with small pets and pet food. Especially in a drought, people often make their backyards better habitat than certain types of wildlife can find anywhere else, causing further conflicts.”
Bear complaints have risen sharply in the last ten years, due in part to the increase in people living in bear habitat. With Nevada in its third year of drought and the population of black bears in the state increasing, the problem will only continue to grow unless people start taking steps to remove the food sources that are attracting the bears.
Read full article here: http://www.ndow.org/Governor-Sandoval-Declares-July-BEAR-Logic-Month/
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