Officials Urge Residents In New Jersey’s ‘Bear Country’ To Secure Trash

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – If you live in bear country out in New Jersey, you might already know this is the time of year when bears like to fatten up for winter.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On The Story

The problem this year is that a lot of bears are going hungry.

“One of the problems we’re having this year is that there seems to be a bit of a lack of some of the food they like out there, some of the acorns and nuts,” says Larry Ragonese of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

What this means for you is that you should make sure that your garbage cans are secured and your bird feeders are protected.

You also might want to keep a close eye on your pets.

Do you have a bear problem? Share your story in the comments section below!

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  • SL

    No, bears won’t waste energy looking for food that isn’t easily available. They will move on to your neighbors (no doubt) who have left dog food on the porch, trash cans out at night, and bird feeders up during spring, summer and fall when birds can find their own food. Like the story that was on the news tonight.

  • Taybor

    I believe what they are asking for is for people to take responsibility for themselves. What a concept.

  • Cos

    Great… Won’t this mean that the bears will travel closer to your home…? Or worse, if you keep your cans in your garage, won’t the bear attempt to get in there? Correct me if I’m wrong, I just don’t understand what they’re asking residents for here…

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