Be BearWise:

BEAR SAFETY TIPS

LIVING AROUND BLACK BEARS

Follow the links below to find out how to coexist with bears.

Be sure to explore the various products and materials that help people and black bears live next to one and another.

HOW TO BEHAVE IN A BEAR ENCOUNTER

Know what to do when you see a bear. Most encounters are nonthreatening, but you’ll feel more confident if you know what to do in a bear encounter.

WHERE YOU LIVE AND WORK, KEEP BEARS OUT

To coexist with bears, there are effective methods and products to keep bears from getting into your food and garbage.

SEEING BEARS WHILE HIKING AND CAMPING

While bear attacks are very uncommon and black bears rarely become aggressive when encountered, it’s best to avoid bears by following these simple steps.

HOW AND WHEN TO USE BEAR SPRAY

Bear spray is a powerful deterrent made of the capsaicin (the “hot” in hot peppers). When you carry bear spray you must know how to use it.

AVOIDING BEAR ENCOUNTERS WHILE HUNTING

Hunters may encounter black bears when hunting from a tree stand, walking quietly through the woods or feeding deer. There are ways to prevent negative bear encounters in each circumstance.

SECURE LIVESTOCK AND CROPS

Identify attractants. Then solve the problem with prevention and deterrents. Keep bears away from chickens and rabbits, livestock food, fruit trees, crops, and bees.

BE BEARWISE IN A VACATION RENTAL

One of the joys of vacationing is seeing wildlife. But take a few simple steps to make sure that you’re not inviting bears by sharing food and garbage.