Care about bears? Top 10 tips to prevent problems

Care about bears? Top 10 tips to prevent problems

If you care about bears, The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife encourages you to take the following steps to prevent problems from occurring:   

  1. Remove all food attractants. Don't leave food unattended. Bears are creatures of habit and will return to spots where they have previously found food. They also have a keen sense of smell and will travel long distances to reach an easy food source.  
     
  2. Take in all bird feeders at night, including hummingbird feeders, and sweep up any seed on the ground. In areas where bears are a problem, avoid feeding birds during the summer months. 
     
  3. Keep all garbage inside your house or closed garage, and only place it outside just before garbage pick-up. 
     
  4. Use bear-resistant garbage cans
     
  5. Clean cans. If bears have previously ransacked garbage cans, clean cans with hot water and bleach or ammonia to remove odors.
     
  6. Double bag all garbage. Use of ammonia-soaked rags in and around the cans may repel bears. 
     
  7. Take feed inside. Keep all pet food and livestock feed inside the house or garage. 
     
  8. Fence off areas. Use three strands of low-cost electric fencing as an easy way to deter bears from fruit trees, compost piles, beehives and garbage cans. 
     
  9. Clean up barbecue grills and store them inside.  
     
  10. Call a local ODFW office for a copy of the brochure Guidelines for Living with Bears, or visit the ODFW Web site at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/black_bears.asp
If bears are a problem on your property or exhibit aggressive behavior, call the nearest ODFW office, Oregon State Police office or the Sheriff’s department.