Be BearWise:

The Six
BearWise Basics

NEVER APPROACH BEARS

Feeding bears (intentionally or unintentionally) trains them to approach homes and people for more food. Bears will defend themselves when they get too close to people so don’t risk your safety and theirs!

SECURE FOOD AND GARBAGE

Food and food odors attract bears so don’t reward them with easily available food or garbage. A bear’s strongest sense is smell. They can pick up a scent from over a mile away!

REMOVE BIRD FEEDERS

Birdseed and other grains have a high calorie content making them very attractive to bears. It is very difficult to keep bird feeders and spillage safe from bears.

NEVER LEAVE PET FOOD OUT

Feed outdoor pets portion sizes that will be completely eaten during each meal or remove leftover food. Securely store these foods so nothing is available to bears.

CLEAN COOKING GRILLS

After you use an outdoor grill, clean it thoroughly and make sure that all grease and fat is removed. Store cleaned grills and smokers in a secure area that bears can’t get into.

LET NEIGHBORS KNOW

Share news about recent bear activity and how to avoid bear conflicts with your friends and neighbors. Bears have adapted to living near people; are you willing to adapt to living near bears?