Bear Safety Tips

Black bear encounters

Bear safety is important at all times.  Know what to do when you see a bear. Most encounters are non-threatening, but you’ll feel more confident if you know what to do in a bear encounter.

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Keep bears out

Use proven methods to keep bears out of homes, buildings, garbage, livestock feed, bird  feeders and more. Includes bear-resistant trash containers, bear-resistant barriers (such as electric fencing), and other bear deterrents.

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Dogs and Bears

If you live in or travel to bear country and own a dog, sooner or later your dog may encounter a bear. Understanding why some encounters end peacefully and others end with dogs and people being injured or killed can help keep people, dogs and bears safe.

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Hike, Camp and Fish Safely

While bear attacks are very uncommon and black bears rarely become aggressive when encountered, you can practice bear safety and avoid bears by following these simple steps.

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Be BearWise on Vacation

One of the joys of vacationing is seeing wildlife, but take a few simple steps to make sure that you’re not inviting bears by sharing food and garbage.

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Secure your chickens, bees, livestock, orchards and crops

Identify attractants. Then solve the problem with prevention and deterrents. Keep bears away from chickens and rabbits, livestock food, fruit trees, crops, bees and more.

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Bear spray saves lives

Bear spray is a powerful deterrent made of the capsaicin (the “hot” in hot peppers). When you carry bear spray you must know how to use it. Always practice bear safety!

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Tips for Hunters

Hunters may encounter black bears when hunting from a tree stand, walking quietly through the woods or feeding deer. There are ways to prevent negative bear encounters in each circumstance.

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