First and foremost, BearWise communities reduce human-bear conflicts.
BearWise communities are not only safer for people and bears, they also can avoid liability if a person is injured by a bear.
At least 21 communities throughout North America apply BearWise practices, resulting in fewer bear conflicts. For example:
Step 1: Investigate!
Look for garbage, birdfeeders, pet food, and greasy barbecue grills that attract bears craving calories.
Fish and wildlife biologists, conservation officers or law enforcement officers may help you assess the issues in your community.
Step 2: Organize!
Discuss bear issues with your neighbors. When you are ready to take action, contact your local fish and game agency, community leaders and trash haulers.
Many BearWise Communities have drafted and passed ordinances (i.e., regulations) that support BearWise behavior. The ordinances address such issues as wildlife-resistant trash storage, pet food storage, necessity for clean barbecue grills and bear-resistant deployment of bird feeders.
Download the Sample BearWise Ordinances for help with developing BearWise Ordinances.
Other Examples of BearWise Ordinances:
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