Depending on where you live in this fine state, it can be pretty common place to see a black bear taking a stroll through your backyard this time of year. They did just wake up from their long Winter snooze and as you can imagine, they're hungry! Look at this big fella hanging out in Misti-ann Charache's yard in Wentworth, New Hampshire:

Misti-ann Charache via u Local New Hampshire Facebook page

Misti-ann said no bird feeders were harmed. He gently stuck his paw in and ate some food. He proceeded to quench his thirst with water from their kiddie pool. She said that she and her family just stood there and watched and the bear seemed completely unbothered. That is evidence that if you leave these creatures alone, they will leave you alone!

According to NH Fish and Game, black bears do not typically exhibit aggressive behavior, even when confronted. Their first response is to flee. Black bears rarely attack or defend themselves against humans. I've been told if you do encounter a black bear keep your distance but make your presence known by clapping your hands or singing loudly. Do not run, avert your eyes or turn your back to the bear! (running would be my first instinct, not going to lie)

For people who like to have bird feeders in their yard, it is recommended by NH Fish and Game that the bird feeders be taken down by April 1st of each year and they should not be put up again until December 1st or later. If you don't want to take in your feeders, some people choose to mount them with a sturdy, metal pole with the feeder 10-12 feet high. However, it is imperative that the pole is secure enough in the ground so it can't be easily knocked over or uprooted from your visitor.

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