- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) - Daniel Boone National Forest officials have some advice on avoiding encounters with black bears.

Store food inside a hardtop vehicle or bear-resistant container. Burning or burying food, trash or other items that attract bears - such as cooking oil, toothpaste and soap - is prohibited.

Otherwise, store food and garbage by suspending it at least 10 feet off the ground and 4 feet away from any tree or pole.

Bear-resistant trash cans are available at most developed campgrounds and picnic areas and must be used for garbage disposal in those locations.

Never feed a bear, which is illegal in Kentucky. Also, never approach a bear, and back away slowly if you come upon one. If a bear approaches you, remain upright and make lots of noise. Never lie down or turn your back on an approaching black bear.

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