ST. PAUL (AP) - State wildlife experts are urging residents who live near bear habitat to check their property for food sources that may attract the animals who may cause problems in more populated areas.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says conservation officers are already getting calls about black bears emerging from hibernation and in search of food. The DNR says compost, birdseed, livestock and dog food and garbage can all attract bears that can cause property damage.

The agency doesn't relocate problem bears. Wildlife experts say they rarely attack humans, but can pose danger because of their size, strength and speed.