Dubuque residents should stay ‘kept in the loop’, city officials say
DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – City of Dubuque officials said residents should be “aware” amid reports of a black bear roaming northeast Dubuque since early May.
In a news release, officials said the city was working with the Iowa DNR, the Dubuque County Conservation Board and the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department to monitor the bear’s movements.
The bear would have focused on eating seeds, pet food, and trash.
“To encourage it to roam, locals should remove easy meals — storing bird seed, putting away barbecue drainers, and keeping pet food and garbage in places bears won’t. can’t access,” said Curt Kemmerer, Wildlife. biologist at the Iowa DNR. “Once the food runs out, the bear will move on to natural food sources outside of town.”
City officials have provided the following advice to discourage the bear from remaining in the area:
- If a bear repeatedly enters your yard, determine which attractants attract it and remove them.
- Store garbage in a sturdy building and take it out the day of collection, not the day before.
- Do not leave pet food outside. It is best to remove bird feeders, but if feeders must be taken out, they should be at least 10 feet high and 5 feet from the trunk of a tree.
- Keep barbecues clean and grease-free, or place them in a shed or garage. Don’t put meat, fish and other pungent leftovers in compost heaps. Add agricultural lime in powder form to reduce odors and speed up decomposition.
Kemmerer recommended slowly and carefully backing away from the bear while facing it if you encounter the bear. It is also recommended to make some noise so the bear knows you are there.
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