- Taking steps to
avoid attracting bears with food or garbage is the
best way to prevent black bears from becoming a
nuisance near your home.
bear-resistant garbage containers if you live in an
area frequented by black bears. They offer the best
all garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids and
place them along the inside walls of your garage or in
the basement, a sturdy shed or other secure area.
garbage containers with a disinfectant solution
regularly to remove odors.
garbage on collection day, not the night before.
up after pets. If you feed them outside, do so during
daylight hours only. Pick up any leftover food and
remove bowls immediately after they have finished.
outdoor grills and utensils thoroughly after each use
and store grills securely. Grease and food residue
place meat or any sweet foods in compost piles.
feeding birds if you live in an area frequented by
black bears. Birdseed attracts bears. If you choose to
feed birds, do so during daylight hours only between
December 1 and April 1, when bears are least active.
Suspend feeder from a free-hanging wire, making sure
the bottom is at least 10 feet off the ground. Bring
feeder indoors at night. Clean up spilled seeds and
any fruit or nuts that fall from trees and discard it
in garbage containers with tight-fitting lids.
Consider installing electric fencing to protect crops,
beehives and small livestock if you live in an area
frequented by black bears.