DNR gives advisory on bears

BIG RAPIDS — As winter comes to a close and bears snap out of the hibernation process, a northern Michigan DNR wildlife biologist urges residents to keep one thing in mind:

Keep the bird feeders empty.

“We’re going to start our bird feeder message here pretty quick with bear,” biologist Katie Keen said. “Bears are going to wake up in the next few weeks and we want to stay ahead of that by reminding folks to get your feeders down so that’s not the first thing bears find when they get up.”

Hunting season include rabbits until the end of this month, but remains relatively quiet overall.

Results for turkey hunting permits has been posted as hunters wait for the first season, which arrives in mid-April.

“Just go online or call us and we’ll check for you if you applied to see if you were successful in your drawing or not,” Keen said. “The third season in May, Hunt 234, allows hunter to buy over the counter licenses. People have good success. But it is later in the year.”

Keen indicated the winter hasn’t been too severe for wildlife.

“We didn’t have that super deep snow and didn’t have any crust form,” Keen said. “Those are the two things that will slow them down to get food. We didn’t have the big ice layers as we’ve had in the past so far. Animals should be in general coming out without having used all of their fat reserves.”

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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