Do not watch bears wander around your property!
1. Consider your ATTRACTANTS…what might be bringing them in?
2. Are there simple things you can do to PREVENT bear trouble?
3. Are there DETERRENTS that will help you keep bears out?
Chickens and rabbits, and other small livestock can be big attractants for bears. If you want fresh eggs and have backyard chickens, you may have visiting bears and need to take precautions.
Most large livestock are not vulnerable to black bears. However newborn or baby animals can be at risk.
From chicken scratch to grain, all livestock feed can attract bears.
The deterrents for crops include electric fencing, guard animals and scare devices. Visit the Keep Bears Out page for detailed information.
Hungry bears find fruit a sweet treat worth coming back for nightly. To reach fruit, they may break branches and harm orchard trees. Field crops, such as corn and oats, may attract bears that can wreak havoc on the crops. Timber can even be an attractant, when bears may feed on the inner bark of young trees.
The deterrents for crops include electric fencing, guard animals and scare devices. Visit the Keep Bears Out page for information
Some bears are so fond of larval bees and honey, that they will seek out hives in their home range.
Instructions for installing or obtaining the following deterrents are found on the Keep Bears Out page: