AUGUSTA — Game officials are urging homeowners to not feed birds in order to deter bears that could become a nuisance or danger.

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says bears have now emerged from their dens throughout Maine and are looking for food that’s not easy to find at this time of year. That draws them to bird feeders, garbage cans, garbage containers and grills where food or the odor of food is present.

Experts say there’s lot of food for birds in the spring and summer so they don’t need to be fed by people.

Besides bringing in bird feeders, wildlife officials are urging homeowners to keep their garbage inside until the morning of trash pickup.

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