The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has some advice for rural Michigan residents. According to, DNR officials are recommending that people remove their bird feeders and other food access to hungry bears waking up, looking for a spring meal.

Apparently, bears are attracted to bird seed and suet packets because of the higher fat content than natural sources this time of the year. Plants and bug larvae lack fat this time of the year.

DNR officials say that if a bear finds your bird feeder, it will return for meals. This could cause black bears to lose their natural fear of people.

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