Bear Deterrents

There are several tools available on the market today to help you keep curious or hungry bears away from you and your home, business or campsite.

There are lots of things you can do to deter a black bear from approaching or hanging around your property. But grizzly (brown) bears are an entirely different matter! Do not attempt to actively deter a grizzly bear from your property on your own — get yourself to a safe location and call a conservation officer immediately. (Click here to learn how to tell the difference between a grizzly bear and a black bear.)

Some in situ or passive deterrents, like an electric fence, automatically provide negative feedback to bears when they approach your property or specific attractants, such as bee hives or fruit trees. Others are manually deployed, helping you to deter a bold or aggressive bear’s approach with noisemakers or projectiles.

No matter which tools you choose to protect yourself and your property, use direct eye contact and a take charge ATTITUDE with black bears!

And always ensure that the bear has a clear and safe avenue of escape with no people or obstacles in its way. If it has no way to escape, it may interpret your efforts to scare it away as an attack and stand its ground in self-defense.

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