Report: Bear spotted in Stevensville yard

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STEVENSVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — As spring comes to West Michigan, bears are starting to wake up — and sometimes show themselves to people in their search for food.

Mike Kinney snapped a photo of a bear in his yard in Stevensville in Berrien County. He told the Herald-Palladium out of St. Joseph that the bear was going for his bird feeders.

There were bear sightings in Berrien County in early June 2015. At the time, WNDU reported they the first confirmed in that county since 1868.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says bird feeders, garbage and pet food can attract a hungry bear. Remove those to keep bears from your hard.

The DNR says anyone who spots a bear should make noise to let the bear know they are there, stand still and try to look big. Never approach a bear.

If you see a bear and can take photos or video from a safe distance, you can send the images to on black bears

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