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Keep your eyes peeled in Kentucky. The Department of Fish and Wildlife says the arrival of spring means bear activity is on the rise.

They say the need for bear awareness extends beyond the mountains of eastern Kentucky as the state’s bear population continues to expand.

Young male bears instinctively disperse from their home areas and wander widely in the spring and summer, officials said, and it is possible to see a roaming bear anywhere in the state.

That’s why the department is releasing suggestions on how to make an area less attractive to bears:

• Don’t leave pet food out overnight
• Remove birdfeeders in spring and summer when natural foods are available
• Keep grills clean and change drip pans frequently
• Throw food scraps in the trash, not in a yard or fire pit
• Surround beehives with an electric fence, an effective bear deterrent

“Bears, which are normally reclusive, start to lose their fear of people when an easy meal becomes available,” said John Hast, Bear Program Coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

For more information about bears, visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at

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