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Act now to prevent wildlife conflicts

While bird feeders can bring beautiful birds to your yard, they also can attract bears and other animals. During the spring, when many animals are looking for food sources, it’s a good idea to remove feeders.

Warmer weather means many animals are seeking food to feed their young. During this time, help your community—and be a good neighbor to wildlife—and consider removing bird feeders and other food sources that might attract wildlife.

Bird feeders can attract a variety of wildlife, not just birds. Other species, including squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, opossums and bears, will take advantage of the easy access. Mice, chipmunks and other small animals visiting your feeders could draw larger predators like hawks, coyotes and foxes.

If you live in the Lower Peninsula or parts of the western U.P., make sure deer can’t get to your bird feeders. Feeding deer is prohibited in these areas to limit the spread of wildlife diseases. Follow these tips for feeding the birds in areas where deer feeding bans are in place.

More tips on handling conflicts with wildlife are available at Michigan.gov/Wildlife.

Questions? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453.

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