Keep garbage cans in a bear-proof container or in an enclosed building until trash pickup.

far western Maryland. MARYLAND — Black bears are beginning to forage for food after winter hibernation, and that could bring them closer to people than normal. Use canned and dried foods to minimize food odors. Stay calm and do not run. There are more than 2,000 adult and subadult black bears roaming the occupied counties of Maryland (Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties) with sightings common throughout much of the state. Pet food, charcoal grills, fruit trees and gardens may also attract bears.

D’Loughy believes the bears could stick around through August, but doesn’t expect any problems. Stay calm.

Make loud noises, bang pans, yell or use air horns. Store foods out of a bear's reach, in a vehicle or enclosed building if possible. If you spot a bear cub, remain alert. Remain upright and back away from the bear. Counties are considered to be occupied if a breeding Black BearPhoto/Getty Images FREDERICK, Md. Although evidence of a breeding population is confined to those western counties, the Department receives several sightings and complaints in central and southern counties each year.

Bears may also stand upright on their hind legs. Sightings in populated areas are most common in June and July, when young bears leave rural areas as they look to establish their territory. Black bear population management is necessary to reduce human-bear conflicts and damage caused by black bears. That occurs in late spring and early summer, and that's when urban residents can see bears. They typically make dens in wooded areas. Find more information on the DNR's website. Staff carefully work to balance the needs of both the species and a diverse public.

FREDERICK, Md. As settlers moved westward, valuable habitat was lost.

Counties are considered to be occupied if a breeding population is documented. Currently, Maryland has a breeding population of black bears in the four westernmost counties (Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick). Avoid direct eye contact, which the bear may perceive as a threat. From Montgomery County to Frederick, it’s one email after the other for Ken D’Loughy with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources. Later in the spring and summer, year-old male bears tend to wander into populous areas looking for a chance to establish their territory, which in past years has led to bears hanging out on the NIH campus in Bethesda, and roaming golf courses. There have been several sightings over the past few days, including another Wednesday morning. The video–just one of many bear sightings that’s been the talk of this Damascus neighborhood. If you persist in feeding during summer, remove seed, suet and hummingbird feeders at night.

Spiker says black bears have been detected mostly in western Maryland, Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett Counties. Black bears have adapted to scarce winter food supplies by hibernating during winter months and will consume a great deal of calories to prepare for hibernation. To reduce the chance of experiencing bear problems: After a period of wandering, young bears usually settle in places with established bear populations in western Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Once a bear finds food around your home it will likely return, the DNR says. Roger Chidester said he spotted a nearly 300-pound black bear in early September wandering around his yard on Hamburg Road near Frederick Municipal Forest. Use an energized fence to keep bears out of beehives, sweet corn, fruit trees and berry patches. “There’s been more bear sightings in the past few years,” said Scott Bell, chief of resource management at Catoctin Mountain Park, 20 miles north of Frederick. In January and February, female black bears (sows) give birth in their dens every other year. Larry Hogan Renews Coronavirus State Of Emergency In Maryland, Man Killed In Overnight Shooting, Another Injured In Morning Shooting, Baltimore Police Say, Carroll County Man Jon Selko Missing Since October 7, Car Recovered In Hunt Valley, Baltimore Police Arrest 19-Year-Old On SW District's Top-10 Violent Offender's List, Marylanders Vote In Favor Of Ballot Question 2 Legalizing Sports Betting.