Myth: Relocating or even killing a “nuisance” black bear will solve the problem.

Removal of a bear may provide temporary relief of a problem, or may even be required to protect public safety. However,  removal is not a long-term solution. There will be other bears drawn to the attractants that lured the “nuisance” bear in.

Bears that hang around neighborhoods or businesses are symptoms of a larger problem. Their continued presence means that they are likely finding and eating unsecured garbage, birdseed from feeders, pet foods, or other non-natural, human-provided foods.

If you eliminate the food source, you can eliminate the problem.

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