Bird Feeders Kill Bears
Studies show that a big meal of tasty, nutritious seeds — a natural food for bears — is often the first reward a bear gets for exploring human places. Letting your bird feeders turn into bear feeders teaches bears that it’s safe to come close to people and homes looking for food. For bears, that can end up being a deadly lesson.
CPW recommends not feeding birds during the months when bears are active.
Instead, use water features, plantings, nest boxes and flowers to attract birds. Use bird feeders only when bears are hibernating.
Never store bird seed outside, under your deck, or in a garage or shed a bear could break into. A 50-pound bag of bird seed has over 87,000 calories—a reward for the bear that is well worth the effort of breaking in.