Being good shepherds of bears involves making [your food, your pet’s food, the bird feeder, the garbage can] unavailable to bears, but it goes further than that. It also involves learning enough to know that it’s okay to be ‘top dog’ to a bears. It doesn’t ‘insult’ a bear to be put in its place; this happens to them most days with other bears, already. Not letting a bear graze in your front yard isn’t ‘harassing’ it; it is merely asserting your personal space, something bears totally understand. You don’t have to like bears to do these things; understanding these simple principles can help keep them out of your way, as well as saving their lives.