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Join our Bear Aware webinar at 6 p.m. on April 19 to learn more about life among black bears.

Wisconsin is home to a thriving black bear population estimated at over 24,000 bears. Although the black bear primarily lives in the northern third of the state, bears are becoming more common in the lower two-thirds of the state due to a growing population.

By understanding bear behavior, you can reduce negative human-bear conflict. Webinar attendees will hear from bear experts from DNR and USDA-Wildlife Services about bear habitat and history and get tips for reducing the potential for bear conflict around homes and businesses.

After a presentation from the experts, there will be a Q&A session where you can ask questions about bear biology and how to co-exist with Wisconsin’s largest carnivore.

Black bears are naturally cautious animals that generally avoid contact with people for their safety, but human-bear conflicts can occur. Bears can quickly learn to associate humans with food when food sources are available.

If a bear finds food, such as bird food or garbage near your home or cabin, it will likely come back for more. Bear visits are more likely to end when food is no longer available. Bears will periodically check sites where food was once available, so it may take several days or even weeks after a food source has been removed for a bear to stop visiting the sites altogether. food websites.

It’s important to make sure these tasty food sources are hidden from bears at all times of the year, but it’s especially crucial during the warmer months when bears are most active.

While bears are generally solitary forest animals, their strong sense of smell can lead them to urban areas in search of food, especially in spring and fall. Black bears are secretive animals and usually try to avoid people. However, conflicts with humans can arise when bears destroy gardens, bird feeders, apiaries and garbage cans.

DNR’s Living With Black Bears In Wisconsin brochure is a great resource for learning more about living with bears in Wisconsin.

More information on black bear behavior and how to avoid unwanted encounters is available in the MNR brochure Living with Bears in Wisconsin.

Event details

WHAT: Bear Watch Webinar

WHEN: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 19

WHO: Brad Koele, MNR Wildlife Damage Specialist
Alaina Gerrits, MNR Wildlife Biologist
Randy Johnson, MNR Large Carnivore Specialist
Dave Ruid, USDA-Wildlife Services Wildlife Biologist

OR: Join via Zoom here
Reach by phone: 877-853-5257; Webinar ID: 886 3482 8734

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