Black Bear Handling

Identification | Biology | Damage ID | Management | Handling



Relocation of black bears is not recommended unless the situation involves as rescue.


Translocation of bears has a mixed record of success. Bears that have been trapped and are to be released should be transported at least 50 miles from the site, preferably across a substantial geographic barrier, such as a large river or mountain range, and released in a remote area with suitable wooded habitat. Some bears have returned from as far as 120 miles from the release site. A bear that causes problems should be released only once. If it causes subsequent problems, it should be euthanized. Translocation often is combined with aversive conditioning. Bears transported in culvert traps can be shot with rubber buckshot or gel scram paintballs when released.


Bears should be euthanized by shooting or chemical injection after receiving permission from the state wildlife agency.


Check state and local regulations regarding carcass disposal.