Six At-Home BearWise Basics

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!
Secure Food, Garbage and Recycling
Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward them with easily available food,
liquids or garbage.
Remove Bird Feeders When Bears Are Active
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.
Never Leave Pet Food Outdoors
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.
Clean & Store Grills
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.
Alert Neighbors to Bear Activity
See bears in the area or evidence of bear activity? Tell your
neighbors and share information 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.
BearWise® – Created and Supported by State Wildlife Agencies and Bear Biologists • © 2018