DNR responds to bear sightings in Marquette

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeing an increase in people calling in bear sightings in more urban areas. They say this time of year, bears are on the move and looking for food.

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Recent video, taken Wednesday around 6 p.m., was right near the PEIF on Northern Michigan University's campus.

DNR wildlife experts say you don't have to call in every sighting of a bear, only if they destroy property or keep returning. Common things that can attract bears include bird feeders, pet food and garbage bins or carts.

"The main thing you want to do if you want to keep bears away from your property is to remove the food sources," said Deputy Public Information Officer for the Michigan DNR, John Pepin. "They have a good memory, if they hit a food source one day and they hit it again the next day, they can keep coming back to the same place, they can get kind of habituated on a food source."

Pepin also said if a bear comes through your property and doesn't find any food they're likely to simply move on to another area.

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