About BearWise

Bear biologists checking bear cubs in LouisianaBearWise® was developed by state agency bear biologists who wanted to make sure that no matter where people lived, played or traveled, they got the same consistent message about coexisting with bears.

Today BearWise is managed by a team of North American bear biologists and communications professionals, and is a program of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

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Explore our Easy-To-Use Website

Bearwise.org offers a wealth of information on black bear biology and behavior as well as sections on preventing human-bear conflicts at home and outdoors, important bear safety information, helpful FAQs and tips on how neighborhoods, communities and businesses can put BearWise to work.

Be BearWise At-Home Checklist

Find Helpful Resources in the BearWise Store

You’ll discover many free print-ready handouts and activity sheets in our online BearWise store plus items like magnets, door hangers, stickers and signage that can be ordered individually or in bulk. Check out the State Stuff category for BearWise materials for your state.

A culvert under a heavily-used military training site road was home to these Minnesota bears. (photo: Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources)

Stay Informed with BearWise

In the BearWise article bank, you’ll find timely articles on what bears are up to and what people can do to prevent conflicts with bears. Articles may be reprinted in newsletters or community newspapers and shared on social media. If you would like to receive timely information about living with bears,  subscribe to BearWise emails.

Discover why today people all over North America rely on BearWise for information they can trust and resources they can use.

Why People Can Trust BearWise

BearWise is managed by a national team of state agency bear biologists and bear managers who review all content, communications and materials to ensure that BearWise messaging reflects both sound science and the practical realities of living responsibly with bears.

The BearWise communications team has decades of experience delivering science-based information in memorable, relatable and people-friendly ways.

Together the BearWise team delivers information people can understand and trust, and resources and tools people can use with confidence.

Meet Our Supporting Member States

Who uses BearWise?

Homeowners, Travelers
Communities, HOAs
Teachers, Parents
Realtors, Outdoor Stores
Short-Term Rentals
Resorts, Restaurants
Colleges, Camps
Military Bases
First Nations
Visitor Centers
Educators, Interpreters
Bear Biologists
Agencies, Parks & Forests
Municipalities
Journalists, Media
and more…

The BearWise® name and logos are registered trademarks and may not be used on educational, promotional or commercial materials or products without prior written approval from BearWise.
Please visit our Press Room for more details.