COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Natural resources says black bear sightings are expected to increase this summer.
According to the ODNR’s Facebook page, summer is a peak time for black bears to begin moving and dispersing young black bears will sometimes travel long distances in order to find a new habitat.
With the recent increase of black bears in Ohio, officials say humans will be now be more likely to see them during their movement.
“Moving bird feeders higher, removing uneaten pet food, keeping trash inside until pick up day, and cleaning up after grilling all help to deter bears from frequenting an area and becoming nuisances,” the ODNR wrote in the Facebook post.
ODNR officials ask anyone who sees a black bear to contact their local division office, but to always leave the bear alone.