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.
Never leave food out for stray dogs and cats.
Sacks of pet food are vulnerable to bears. A bear can drag pet food sacks off of your property to consume it, or it may create a mess on your porch or in your shed while it searches for pet food. You can keep black bears out of your pet food by storing it in a screw top container or other bear-resistant storage. The BearWise Bear-Resistant Container List offers a list of secure container brands and vendors available for purchase.
As backyard chickens have become more popular, chickens and chicken feed have quickly become a major attractant for bears. Unsecured chicken coops lead to conflicts, resulting in property damage and bears having to be killed, because of their craving for chickens and chicken feed.