There have been reports and sighting of a large black bear on Mill Street, East Court and North Street. The Town of Bayfield would like to remind residents and businesses to:
. Secure your trash.
. Remove birdfeeders.
. Keep barbecue grills clean and put them away.
. Keep pet food indoors.
. Keep garage doors closed.
. Secure windows and doors.
. Be responsible about trash and bird feeders.
. Don't leave food or trash inside your vehicle.
. Pick fruit before it ripens, clean up fallen fruit.
Black bears can damage property, vehicles, and even homes in their pursuit of food. Bears that find food around homes or businesses are often desensitized to human encounters. Even though black bears are not naturally aggressive towards humans, a bear intent on getting a meal could injure a person who gets in its way.
If bears visit your business or home, please contact the Bayfield Marshal's Office or Division of Parks and Wildlife for tips on deterrents.