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June 12, 2024  |  Steamboat Pilot & Today

“Human Encouraged to Consistently Scare Away Bears” by Suzie Romig

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May/June 2024  |  The Wildlife Professional

Learning to Live with Bears by Colleen Olfenbuttel, Garret Heath and Ashley Hobbs

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Spring 2024  |  Smokies Life

Bears, Bears Everywhere by Steve Kemp, photos by Bill Lea

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January 8, 2024 | WTIP North Shore Community Radio

Minnesota DNR Bear Project Lead Andrew Tri winter update:

“Mild winter weather will not harm hibernating bears”

Black Bear Support Biologist Janelle Musser of Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency gives information about living and recreating in bear country:

 The BearWise® program was developed by black bear biologists and is supported by State wildlife agencies. BearWise provides sound information and smart solutions that help people, neighborhoods, and communities prevent problems and keep bears wild.


June 11, 2023 | The Washington Post

Emily Carrollo, a bear biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission and BearWise, explains why videos of black bears roaming cities are becoming more common in the eastern U.S., and what to do if you find yourself face-to-face with a furry neigh-bear.

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Tags: 2023, June

Tahoe Interagency Bear Team and BearWiseBears don’t know when they cross from one state to another or from federal lands to state lands to private lands. So the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Nevada Department of Wildlife banded together with other state and federal agencies to make sure that all the people living and playing in the Lake Tahoe community that straddles both states got the same consistent, science-based message about living responsibly with black bears.

To help them introduce BearWise to the area, the CDFW invited BearWise to write something for their popular blog, The Bear Naked Truth (March 2023)


If bears could read, we wouldn’t need BearWise®. Bears excel at acting in what they perceive are their best interests: finding food, finding shelter, finding mates, raising their cubs, coexisting with each other. But they have no clue that avoiding people and people places would be in their long-term best interests.

But if bears could read, they would quickly learn that taking advantage of all those human-provided food sources carries risks that are far greater than any short-term reward. Bears are super-smart, resourceful and adaptable. They’d decide that no matter how tempting it was, staying far away from people was the wise thing to do.

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by Brian Whipkey, Pennsylvania Outdoors Columnist: 

Black bears appear to be healthy during this winter’s hibernation in Pennsylvania.

“So far, a lot of the bears are in good shape,” said Emily Carrollo, black bear program manager for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, during a mother bear den check Friday in northern Cambria County. In considering this year’s and last year’s den checks, “Every single bear we went to had a beautiful coat and was fat and happy. And the cubs were in really good shape,” she said.

“We go to anywhere from a dozen to three dozen dens every year, depending on the research we have going on in the state of Pennsylvania,” she said. This year is an in-between research year, and the team is only checking on eight dens and a few yearling bears.

Read Original Article for BearWise Tips (Go Erie, March 2023)