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Who we are

The Get Bear Smart Society works hard to ensure people and bears safely and respectfully coexist. We have helped create a paradigm shift in people's attitudes toward bears and other wildlife by replacing fear and misunderstanding with respect and understanding.

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Our goal is to minimize the number of bears killed as a result of human-caused problems. We accomplish this by helping the public prevent conflict at their homes, work and play; championing policymakers to create Bear Smart communities; and encouraging police and bear managers to choose non-lethal bear management practices.

Got garbage?

Bear-proof your trash. It's the number one way to prevent human-bear conflict at your home. Learn more. For business and commercial applications, click here.

The Bear Necessities

A Bear's Bill of Rights

A bear has the right to expect that you will:

- be an educated resident of bear country and be willing to accommodate the needs of bears into your lifestyle and daily habits

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- have realistic expectations about living in bear country; to realize that is unacceptable to attract bears to your property with improperly stored garbage, recycling, bird feeders, smelly compost, and barbecue grease among other enticing non-natural attractants

- set aside the necessary time to properly dispose of your garbage; clean your barbecue; and pick ripe fruit from your trees

- take responsibility for your actions in a bear's habitat while hiking and camping

- be aware that you share roads and pathways with bears as well as other wildlife and give wildlife the right-of-way

- provide a healthy, unpolluted environment for bears to live in; and to leave places where bears can forage, raise their families and find dens

Program highlight: Bear Smart Restaurant program in full swing

Do you work at a restaurant? Check out our bear smart restaurant program here.

Watch a short video about getting bear smart on the job.

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