GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Bear hibernation is coming to an end, which means you could expect to see the furry creatures more often.
As bears start to re-emerge, the Department of Natural Resources is urging people to be mindful of any trash and put away those bird feeders.
They also want you to remember: bears don't like bright lights or loud noises.
"Motion sensor outdoor lights, things like that, that kind of come on," said Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Steve Griffith. "It's a sudden change in the bears' environment and usually a lot of animals equate a sudden change with danger."
Unfortunately, if you've had a bear visit before, you're more likely to see one again, but bears are more scared of you than you are of them.
Making any loud noises or making yourself appear larger may help send them the other way.
You can learn more about bears on the DNR's website.