Bear Encounters

Bears that find food around homes, campgrounds and communities often lose their natural wariness of people. Even though black bears are not naturally aggressive and seldom attack or injure people, they are still strong, powerful animals. A bear intent on getting a meal could injure someone who gets in its way. Every year bears that have become too comfortable around people have to be destroyed.

Bear in Mind

If you encounter a bear out-and-about in town, remember they are wild animals and you should keep your distance.

  • Never approach or gather around bears
  • Stay calm, don't run
  • Back away slowly
  • Leave cubs alone
  • Keep pets on leash
  • Never feed a bear
  • Fight back if attacked