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

Some bears become experts at extracting food from human habitats. They haven’t necessarily lost their fear of humans as much as they have become skilled at observing our body language, a natural extension of the way they study each other. I once stood with a group of people watching a bear feeding from a bird feeder sixty feet away; people were talking, some had binoculars, and the bear couldn’t have cared less. But when I stared directly at him and took one step in his direction, he took off.

Some bears become experts at extracting food from human habitats. They haven’t necessarily lost their fear of humans as much as they have become skilled at observing our body language, a natural extension of the way they study each other. I once stood with a group of people watching a bear feeding from a bird feeder sixty feet away; people were talking, some had binoculars, and the bear couldn’t have cared less. But when I stared directly at him and took one step in his direction, he took off.

Some bears become experts at extracting food from human habitats. They haven’t necessarily lost their fear of humans as much as they have become skilled at observing our body language, a natural extension of the way they study each other. I once stood with a group of people watching a bear feeding from a bird feeder sixty feet away; people were talking, some had binoculars, and the bear couldn’t have cared less. But when I stared directly at him and took one step in his direction, he took off.