SUAMICO (WLUK) -- A Suamico family came face-to-face with a hungry bear earlier this month.
Sherri Baierl shared photos and video of the bear walking along the railing of a backyard deck. The bear then ate out of one of the bird feeders that was accessible from the railing.
Baierl even shared a photo of the gate on the steps to the deck -- that was no use in preventing the bounding bruin from reaching the deck.
A scary moment came as the bear looked right into the camera before ambling off.
This isn't the first time we've received reports of a bear in the Howard-Suamico area this spring and summer. Last month, another viewer shared video of a bear in his backyard. In that case as well, the bear was after bird food.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the safest way to keep bears from finding your bird seed is to feed birds only in the winter when bears are in their dens. Another way to reduce the risk is to take feeders in at night. Finally, feeders should be hung at least 10 feet off the ground and five feet away from any surface that can support a bear -- such as the railings of a deck.
Besides bird seed, bears can also be attracted to garbage cans, compost piles, pet food and outdoor grills.
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