04/03/2013 01:10 EDT | Updated 06/03/2013 05:12 EDT

Winter's end prompts wildlife warnings of famished bears and grumpy moose

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Residents around British Columbia are being warned about nasty ticks, grumpy moose and hungry bears as woodland creatures emerge from long and harsh winter conditions.

In Prince George, B.C., conservation officers are urging residents to take special care as moose wander into the city, hoping to make a meal of the tender shoots sprouting in many gardens.

There's concern that many of the moose are suffering from a tick infestation that will make them even more unpredictable.

Infested animals often appear to have white or missing fur and officials want to hear about any in that condition, or if residents see a moose that does not move for long periods or acts aggressively.

Environment Minister Terry Lake is reminding residents to clean up backyards, stow garbage cans and put away bird feeders as hungry bears come out of hibernation and look for the easiest food sources, possibly prompting confrontations with humans. (CKPG, CHNL)