Fall Wildlife Attractants Checklist

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A black bear (Ursus americanus) in British Columbia.
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Black bears and other wildlife are looking for easy meals as summer turns to fall, so it is important that residents take a few minutes to do a check of their property for attractants.

Attractants are simply items – often food or food waste – that will draw the attention of wildlife, who may learn to continue returning to that site. While many animal lovers rejoice at the idea of visitors, attracting wildlife to one property means they’ll also commonly visit others and be at increased risk of being killed by government agencies. Animals like bears, coyotes, raccoons and others will also take greater risks to access food – such as crossing busy roads or getting closer to people and pets.

Fortunately, attractant checklists like the one below can help individuals identify possible attractants and manage them before they become an issue that affects wildlife and the community. Do you have any recommendations for attractants not on the list below? Let us know at info@TheFurBearers.com or in the comments on our social media pages!

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