Pick a pumpkin, but keep it off your porch

Info submitted by the Black Bear Project

Pick a fresh pumpkin and put it in a pie, but don’t put it on your porch!

Bears love pumpkins and will gnaw at your artistically arranged fall vignette until pumpkin guts spill down the steps. That goes for gourds too, and colorful cobs of corn.

Check out local craft shops where artificial pumpkins, gourds and corn fill countless shelves. Your real McCoy décor can happily reside indoors.

Always remember, a fed bear is a dead bear. Keep our wildlife safe!

For more information on bear safety, the BearWise website is an excellent resource.