WOODRUFF - Black bear sightings become more common this time of year.
As bears come out of hibernation, they tend to be pretty hungry.
Bears can learn to associate people with food.
People are encouraged to keep bears away from any sort of food on their property.
"Grills and garbage cans, bird feeders, if people still have bird feeders out are easy targets for those bear to come and get a meal," said DNR Wildlife Damage Specialist Brad Koele.
If a bear does find food like garbage near your home, it will likely return for more.
"The last thing we want is those bear to get habituated to humans for handouts and then that creates problems. And a lot of times if a bear becomes too habituated and used to people and loses that fear of people that bear needs to be euthanized," said Koele.
If you are unable to resolve a bear conflict on your own you can contact the USDA Wildlife Services for help.