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

Managing Attractants

Rule #1: Don’t attract bears

The key to creating a Bear Smart community is not to attract bears in the first place. Experience has shown that it is much easier to keep food away from a wild bear than it is to teach a food-conditioned bear to stay away from unnatural food that it has learned to crave.

Securing attractants is the single best way to keep people safe, prevent property damage, and avoid the unnecessary destruction of bears. In communities, this requires a two-prong approach. Municipal, regional and provincial/state governments must provide easy access to a large-scale bear-proof waste management system, and individual residents, visitors and recreationists must secure all attractants from bears until they enter the waste management system.

Follow these simple guidelines and you will greatly reduce the chance of attracting bears and encouraging conflicts.

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