Wildlife officials offer the following tips to avoid human conflicts with hungry black bears:
— Store garbage securely.
— Feed pets indoors.
— Remove birdfeeders during the summer.
— While camping, store food, garbage and toiletries in bear-resistant canisters away from your sleeping and activity area.
— Never approach or surround a bear.
— Yell, clap or bang pots to scare a bear away.
— If you feel threatened, don't run, but back away slowly.