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How to Keep Bears Out of Your Neighborhood

Oregon is home to a healthy population of an estimated 25,000-30,000 black bears. California has just as many. Bears can be a nusiance at any time if there is food around. During spring, black bears are coming out of their winter dens. Bear damage complaints always begin to pick up when bears should be eating insects and vegetation like grass, skunk cabbage or wild berries but have found other sources of food near humans.

Black bear in trash. Photo by Donna Weaver, courtesy of ODFW. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
Black bear in trash. Photo by Donna Weaver, courtesy of ODFW.

But bears will take an easy meal if they can find one by targeting garbage cans, pet food left outside, compost piles with food or fruit scraps, and bird feeders (including hummingbird feeders).

A bear that feeds on human food sources becomes a human safety risk if it is aggressive towards people, attacks pets, or if it attempts to enter a structure. Another sign that a bear is becoming a human safety risk is if it is seen repeatedly during daylight hours around residences. It only takes one “reward” to create a problem bear. Bear prints on house windows is not a good sign.

Steps can be taken to stop bears from feeding on unnatural food sources:
  • Maintain regular garbage service and keep garbage inside a garage or shed until garbage day. Wash garbage cans to eliminate odor.
  • Store pet food dishes and feed inside.
  • Remove bird feeders or at a minimum hang bird feeders away from the side of your home or tree trunk so bears can’t reach them. Store birdseed inside and keep the feeder and area underneath clean.
  • Keep barbecue grills clean.
  • Only compost non-food items like leaves and grass in areas with bears.
  • Electric fences are a very effective bear deterrent.

“Bear problems are predictable in that they almost always involve bears eating human garbage,” says Brian Wolfer, ODFW district biologist in Springfield. “Bears will return to eating natural forage if unnatural items are not available.”
“It is easier to prevent a bear problem than to correct a problem after it begins. Neighbors should work together to make sure everyone is doing what they can to not attract bears,” he added.
For more information about living with black bears, see the ODFW website at dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/black_bears.asp
While bear sightings are not unusual, attacks on humans are rare. If you encounter a bear:

  • Give the bear a way to escape.
  • Stay calm, do not run or make sudden movements.
  • Face the bear and back away slowly.
  • Avoid direct eye contact with the bear.
  • Talk to the bear in a firm voice to let it know you are a human.

Fight back if attacked. Shout, use rocks, sticks and hands to fend off an attack.

[Editor's Note: Please share with our readers what you know that will enhance your outdoor experience in Northern California or Southern Oregon. What have you learned? Your experience in the outdoors might be helpful to others. What not to do is just as important as what to do. Please send your strategies, ideas, tips, techniques and personal experiences to editor@MyOutdoorBuddy.com. Please include your name and hometown.]



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