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Bear Safety

Residential Areas

Minimize odors and the availibility of food throughout your yard and community.

  1. Put out garbage on the day of pick-up, not the night before. Store in sturdy building or place in a bear-resistant trash receptacle.
  2. Do not leave put food out. Hang bird feeders out of reach of bears.
  3. Store livestock/pet feed inside a sturdy building.
  4. Keep barbeques clean and grease free.
  5. Pick all ripe fruit from the tree and surrounding ground as soon as possible.
  6. Vegetable gardens and compost piles may attract bears. Do not put meat, fish or other pungent scraps in compost pile. Add lime to reduce odors and accelerate decomposition.

* An electric fence is an effective way to keep bears out of orchards, gardens, compost piles and beehives. Follow appropriate safety precautions.

Please Don't Feed Bears

Black Bear Encounters

* Bear activity may intensify in spring when bears are hungry and emerging form their dens, in the fall when bears are bulking up for hibernation, and during drought periods. This is due to the scarcity of natural foods.

Black Bears at a Glance

Healthy wild black bears rely on berries, insects, vegetation, fish and carrion to survive. They hibernate primarily due to lack of food, usually between November and April, though this varies. Healthy mothers produce 1 to 2 cubs every 2-3 years. To learn more go to www.bebearaware.org