Be BearWise

The Six BearWise Basics

#1
Never Feed or Approach Bears

Intentionally feeding bears or allowing them to find anything that smells or tastes like food teaches bears to approach homes and people looking for more. Bears will defend themselves if a person gets too close, so don’t risk your safety and theirs!

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#2
Secure food, garbage and recycling

Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward them with easily available food, liquids or garbage.

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#3
Remove bird feeders when bears are active

bear raiding a bird feeder

Birdseed and grains have lots of calories, so they’re very attractive to bears. Removing feeders is the best way to avoid creating conflicts with bears.

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#4
Never Leave Pet Food Outdoors

dog food and bears - bearwise

Feed pets indoors when possible. If you must feed pets outside, feed in single portions and remove food and bowls after feeding. Store pet food where bears can’t see or smell it.

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#5
Clean & Store Grills

clean grill bearwise

Clean grills after each use and make sure that all grease, fat and food particles are removed. Store clean grills and smokers in a secure area that keeps bears out.

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#6
Alert Neighbors to Bear Activity

bear safety - bear on the porch

See bears in the area or evidence of bear activity? Tell your neighbors and share info on how to avoid bear conflicts. Bears have adapted to living near people; now it’s up to us to adapt to living near bears.

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