Here's how to keep a 600 lb. hungry black bear out of your backyard, which is probably a good thing.

The Maine Warden Service is called out to homeowner's property an average of 500 times per year because of bear complaints.  By doing just a few things differently, you can keep these wandering bears away.

Sleepy Maine black bears have awaken and are searching for food, so it would make sense to keep anything that they can eat, like pet food and trash, stored away where they can't get it.

Here's a tip from past experience, don't keep food or trash overnight in the trunk of your car!  Bears leave scratch marks, big time!

The video above produced by the Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife also reminds us to rake up bird food, and bring the feeders in at night.  Things like barbecue grills, coolers, and anything else that may have had food on it should be put away as well.  And, don't be surprised if you see a bear digging in your compost pile.

Maine black bears can grow anywhere between 100 and 600 lbs. and 4 to 6 feet in length.  It's a good idea not to interact with one, especially if their young cubs are nearby.  More information about black bears in Maine can be found HERE!

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