What should I do if there is a bear in my yard?

ImageFirst, ask yourself “what has attracted the bear to my yard?” Second, call the Conservation officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.Do not let the bear feel comfortable in your yard. If you are concerned about confronting the bear, make a loud, preferably low frequency, noise (e.g. bang pots together) from the safety of your house. A bear in your yard should never be a welcome sight. You must take quick action to eliminate attractants after the bear is gone. A bear that finds food once is likely to return to that spot. A returning bear will learn that the food is no longer available and will seek a meal elsewhere if you eliminate the food source.

Never approach a bear, even on your property. Do not allow anyone else to approach the bear. Ensure that there are no people, especially children nearby. A frightened black bear will likely look for a tree to climb. A sow with cubs will stay in a tree longer than a single bear. Keep people away from the base of the tree. Be patient and give the bear time to leave.