LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—The Department of Natural Resources asks people to be aware of bears as they come out of their dens for spring.
Bears can be found anywhere in Wisconsin.
They're on the move now as they search for food.
If you see a bear don't approach it, go inside a car or a house.
The best thing you can do to keep bears away is remove any food sources like bird feeders, garbage cans or pet foods kept outside.
"A fed bear is typically habituated to people," Ron Lichte, Wildlife Biologist, DNR said. "And that can cause problems for yourself or other people because bears get used to that they remember someone gave them food."
Bears are typically shy and will usually move out of the area once they see a human.
"Most of the time," Lichte said. "As soon as they know there's a human presence around they move out of the area. So standing tall, lifting arms and talking loudly are keys to let a bear know you're in the area."
The DNR likes to keep tabs on where the bear population is moving; if you see one they ask that you call them at (608) 785-9000.
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