Bear Safety Tips

VACATION RENTALS & BEARS

Does your rental have bear-resistant garbage containers?

Make sure to inquire if your rental comes complete with bear-resistant garbage management. A bear-resistant rental will help prevent conflicts with bears while ensure your family’s safety while is on vacation.

Have a safe vacation!

  • Enjoy bears from a distance and never approach them.
  • Feeding bears (intentionally or unintentionally) trains them to approach homes and people for more food, and you may be ticketed and fined.
  • Bears may be defensive when people get too close.

A little effort goes a long way for bear safety

Secure Food & Garbage

  • Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward them with easily available food or garbage.
  • Don’t leave garbage and recycling outside of a building overnight.
  • Do not leave food, coolers or garbage unattended on a picnic table or anywhere outdoors – even for a moment!

Normal trash cans, even with the lids on tight, offer little resistance to determined black bears.

(Photo: Bear Smart Society)

Greasy grills smell very tempting to bears and other wildlife. Clean and cover grills after every use.

Clean Your Grill

  • Burn off food particles on your barbeque grill after each use.
  • Clean or remove the grease can. Do not dump drippings in the yard.
  • Cover your barbeque.
  • If bears are active in your area, store the barbecue indoors. Leave the propane tank outside (propane is a fire risk)

KEEP DOORS AND WINDOWS CLOSED

In some vacation destinations, bears have learned to search for food left in vehicles, cabins and condos after guests have left.

  • Keep vehicle doors and windows closed at all times, even when going back inside for just a moment to load or unload.
  • If you leave your residence, shut the doors and windows.

(Photo: Shawn Martin/NCWRC)

This black bear began his investigations by crawling through an open window.

It’s always best to view bears from a distance…

(Photo: Steve Uffman)

…rather than too close!

(Photo: Roy Kortus)

Don’t put your safety or bears at risk!

  • Enjoy bears from a distance and never approach them.
  • Feeding bears (intentionally or unintentionally) trains them to approach homes and people for more food, and you may be ticketed and fined.
  • Bears may be defensive when people get too close.
  • Enjoy bears from a distance and never approach them.
  • Feeding bears (intentionally or unintentionally) trains them to approach homes and people for more food, and you may be ticketed and fined.
  • Bears may be defensive when people get too close.