Bears are waking up from hibernation, and so it's time to take some simple precautions that could prevent having one wander into your yard.

My husband, Jim, and I are all too familiar with these tips, since we live in the woods. We've never had a bear come into our yard, but have heard the reports of others in our community.

Whether it's the scent of our dogs that's kept them away, following these basic tips, or just dumb luck, we're glad something's working. Here are a few ways to avoid attracting those hungry bears into your yard, according to bear biologist, Jen Vachon.

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