Preventing bear-human conflict

Remember that bears are clever, curious and live to eat

Bears are in a constant search for new food sources. Once they have discovered a new food source it is extremely difficult to keep them from returning to it. To prevent problems from starting, never leave any kind of food for the bear to find.

Remember that bears have an excellent sense of smell

Managing the smells of potential bear food - including human and pet foods, garbage, grains and harvested animals - is an essential part of preventing problems with bears.

When in bear territory, keep food and garbage in airtight containers, and store anything that may have the smell of food or garbage away from humans and out of the reach of bears.

Be BearSmart

Most bear encounters can be prevented. Learn how to avoid bear encounters and how to react if you find yourself in an unavoidable encounter with a bear.