Why did the black bear cross the road?

There are a lot of attractants that might bring a black bear to your yard – accessible household garbage, pet food left outside, fallen fruit, or even the grease caught in a well-used barbecue. But this time of year, there’s one other thing we need to keep in mind: pumpkins.

We aren’t saying you shouldn’t carve a Jack O’Lantern (in fact, we’d love it if you posted animal-inspired carvings on our Facebook or Twitter feeds)! But like most attractants, it’s understanding how and when to manage them. If you live in an area with no wildlife conflict, and few to no animals who may be attracted to a smelly, attractive snack on your front porch, this isn’t something you need to worry about.

But if you’re aware of bears in your neighbourhood, or if you are dealing with conflict with any animal that would probably like an easy-to-access orange treat, it might be time to consider bringing that pumpkin or Jack O’Lantern indoors.

Most wildlife conflict resolution doesn’t take much to solve – in fact, most of it is based on a combination of common sense and a basic understanding of the animals (humans included) in question. Sometimes we don’t realize that there’s a problem, though, and it takes a compassionate conversation to learn about it. We hope that you’ll have that conversation in your neighbourhood, should you need it.

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