Learn about living with bears; creating bear smart communities; recreating in bear country; bear safety at work; and managing bears (for wildlife officials).

Bearsmart Blog

Building a Bear Smart Movement

Inspired by the desire to prevent unnecessary bear deaths and make their communities safer, passionate people band together to create the community infrastructure to bring about positive change for both bears and people.

Can we coexist?

As people learn more about black bears, old fears are being replaced with understanding. Attitudes are improving. Fewer people are so fearful that they shoot bears for simply showing their faces.

The Hoax of the Hibernating Bear

During hibernation bears survive without eating by living off their fat reserves and by going into a state of dormancy; metabolism slows drastically, body temps drop by 3-7 degree Celsius, and heart's beat roughly 8-12 times per minute. It's quite remarkable, actually.