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black bear by tent (Pat Gaines photo)

Camping in Bear Country

Black bears live in at least 40 states and are seen in several more. If you’re heading out to get away from it all, chances are good you’re heading into bear country. Teaching bears to associate cars, trails, campsites and people with food doesn’t just put a damper on your outdoor fun. It also creates unnecessary risk for you and your family and can have deadly consequences for bears. There ...

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black bear by tent (Pat Gaines photo)

Camping in Bear Country

Black bears live in at least 40 states and are seen in several more. If you’re heading out to get away from it all, chances are good you’re heading into bear country. Teaching bears to associate cars, trails, campsites and ...
black bear in the springtime, coming out of hibernation

Bear Encounters: Ways to Avoid, How to Respond

There are lots of simple steps you can take to discourage bears from getting into your stuff and avoid bear encounters. Teaching bears to associate cars, trails, campsites and people with food doesn’t just put a damper on your outdoor ...
bear safety: black bear on road, dog on a leash

Are you a BearWise dog owner?

If you own a dog and live in or travel to bear country, eventually your dog may encounter a bear. Understanding why some dog-bear encounters end peacefully and others end with dogs and people being injured or killed can help ...
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Why early summer brings more bear sightings

If you think bears have been in the news more than usual lately, you're right. Early summer usually brings a bumper crop of news stories about bears appearing in places they're not typically seen, from backyards and suburban streets to ...
bear with paw on car door

The Two-Second Solution That Keeps Stuff Safe and Bears Wild

Lock It or Lose It. Have you seen news stories or videos featuring bears “breaking in” to homes and cars looking for food? What many stories don’t mention is that much of the time the bear isn’t breaking in. It’s ...
black bear raiding a bird feeder

Attract Backyard Birds, Not Backyard Bears

More than 70 million people – one in four households – use bird feeders to attract birds. People buy more than four billion pounds of birdseed every year, according to a 2021 analysis from the Wild Bird-Feeding Institute. At about ...

The Bear Facts

male black bear (by Tom Harrison

What bears do in June

June at a Glance: Yearlings leave mom and search for food, shelter and a place of their own. Adult males travel far and wide looking for mates. Nursing moms venture farther from home base searching for food. Cubs keep growing and ...
Black bear cub in a tree

What bears do in May

May at a Glance: All bears visit all the places where they reliably found food last year. Cubs learn how to climb up (and down) trees, and learn to “talk.” Cubs are still nursing, but start experimenting with bear food ...

What bears do in April

April at a Glance: Most bears leave their dens for good. Cubs get their first look at their new world. Mother bears continue to nurse and keep their den and cubs clean. Bears that found human-provided foods last year head ...