DNR gives advice to avoid negative interactions with animals this spring

The Department of Natural Resources says most issues you'll encounter are likely due to food.
Published: Mar. 30, 2023 at 3:59 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Spring is slowly making its way to the U.P., and with it comes new animal activity.

The DNR says most issues you will encounter are likely due to food. They urge you to use caution if you have been feeding the birds this spring.

The department advises bringing in bird feeders and any pet food stored outside. The department also advises against feeding deer at this time of year.

“Once the snow really starts to go we really urge people to put those bird feeders away,” said Brian Roell, DNR wildlife biologist. “They are just a huge attractant of bears. Bears come out of the den and they’re hungry and they’re looking for an easy food source and black oil sunflower seeds are nutritious and obviously delicious to them.”

DNR staff also encourage people to be mindful of new deer activity while driving, especially in areas of melted snow.