BearWise #6

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?

BEARS HANGING AROUND HOMES ARE…

…More exposed to vehicle strikes; and
…Apt to be shot or trapped, legally or illegally ; or
…May be removed by agencies to protect public safety

Sometimes bears are just traveling through

Seeing a black bear is a thrilling and rewarding experience. The presence of bears is not necessarily a problem or a threat to your safety.

Is your property BearWise?

When people intentionally or unintentionally feed bears, it can become a community-wide problem. Your neighbors may be encouraging bears to hang around your area, which may affect you and your family.

  • First, make sure your property is BearWise:
  • Is your garbage secure?
    • Are bears able to get birdseed either from your feeder or under it?
    • Is your pet or livestock food secure?
    • Is your barbecue grill clean?
    • Is there anything else in your yard that might attract foraging bears?
  • Let your neighbors know when bears are hanging around, and what you think might be attracting them.
  • Check with your local fish and wildlife agents about when and how to report problem bear activity.
  • Ask your local fish and game agent about becoming a BearWise community.

This black bear has learned that homes can be sources of food. You and your neighbors can prevent this behavior!

DON’T GIVE A “TRAVELING” BEAR AN EXCUSE TO LINGER IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

Black bears live in the forests of the Southeastern U.S., and may travel across roads and through rural areas to find their natural foods in another forest area.

However, when bears start hanging out around homes, both residents and bears face problems. Once a bear spends more of its time in a neighborhood, its chances of survival drop.