BLACK BEARSBlackbear (Ursus americanus) (Ursus americanus)

Scott E. Hygnstrom
Extension Wildlife Damage Specialist
School of Natural Resources
US Fish and Wildlife Service
University of Wyoming
Laramie, Wyoming 82071

Additional Bear Control Control Information

Damage Prevention and Control Methods

Exclusion

Use heavy woven-wire or electric fences to exclude bears from apiaries, cabins, landfills, and other high-value properties.

Store food in bear-proof structures or containers, or on elevated platforms.

Cultural Methods

Use proper sanitation and solid-waste management techniques.

Remove brush and cover around farmsteads, corrals, and residences.

Confine livestock and remove carcasses.

Locate camp sites and hiking trails in areas of low bear activity.

Frightening

Install night lights and human effigies.

Blaring music, pyrotechnics, and guarding dogs may provide temporary relief from damage.

Repellents

Capsaisin spray.

Toxicants

None are registered.

Fumigants

None are registered.

Trapping

Culvert and barrel live traps.

Foot snares.

Shooting

Baiting and preditor calling--bears lured within range can be shot with firearms of .30 caliber or larger.

Tracking with dogs.

Avoiding Human-Bear Conflicts

Be familiar with several safety precautions when camping or travelling in bear country. In general, never feed black bears and avoid close encounters with them.

Editors

Scott E. Hygnstrom; Robert M. Timm; Gary E. Larson

Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage 1994 Logo

PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF WILDLIFE DAMAGE 1994

Cooperative Extension Division Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources University of Nebraska -Lincoln

United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Animal Damage Control

Great Plains Agricultural Council Wildlife Committee

 

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