Help avoid bear incidents by being “Bear Smart.”

Warmer weather means an increase in bear activity around Asheville. Recent years have seen an increase in calls to the Asheville Police Department with regards to bears, says APD Captain Daryl Fisher, and Spring and Summer means bears are roaming in search of food.

Bears that enter residential or urban areas are seeking out and are attracted by food sources like garbage or even greasy grills, and are not interested in interacting with humans. Paying attention to the proper storage of those food sources can reduce bear incidents.

The Asheville Police Department’s Animal Services Division has the following tips for being “Bear Smart”:

• Never approach or feed bears.

• Don’t leave garbage cans outside except on the day it is to be picked up.

• Don’t store or leave pet food outside.

• Remove bird feeders at night or if bear activity is reported.