Expect to see more black bears as winter approaches

HAGERSTOWN, MD (WDVM) – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is reminding residents and visitors that they may see more black bears than usual.  

Around this time of year, the bears are beginning a period of increased feeding activity as they prepare for hibernation in the winter.  Many black bears can be seen in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington Counties.

Bears also may become more interested in human-provided sources like bird feeders or trash, and lose their natural fear of people.

Officials said if a bear comes into your yard, “Do not panic…Do not shoot…Do not approach it and back away slowly.”

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