Nuisance Bears

Black bear

Oregon is home to about 25,000 to 30,000 black bears. Though not generally dangerous to people, bears who get used to garbage, pet food, and other attractants can become bold and aggressive.

When bears begin to associate people with food they may become a threat to human safety and need to be removed or destroyed. To reduce the chance of a human/bear encounter, please follow the tips listed below from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Reduce Bear Attractants

The following items may attract bears. Removing these from your home may reduce the likelihood of having nuisance bears around your house.

  • Bird Feeders. Do not overfill hummingbird feeders and clean up any spills. Remove all feeders when bears are present from March – October.
  • Barbecues and Smokers. Place these inside when not in use and clean regularly (please do not store propane tanks indoors). Also, immediately clean your outdoor cooking areas after use.
  • Compost. Do not place food scraps in compost. Keep compost bins away from home and other buildings.
  • Garbage. Secure garbage cans inside your garage or shed. Clean and bleach weekly to remove odor. Only put garbage cans outside on the morning of your service.
  • Pet Food. Do not leave pet food outside, even in storage bins. If you feed pets outside, immediately remove containers after feeding. Clean around feeding areas frequently and feed during daylight hours when possible.

What To Do If You See A Bear

If you see a bear near your home, do not confront it. Stay calm and let it pass. If it does not find food it will probably move on.

If there is an immediate threat to human safety, please contact emergency dispatch at 9-1-1.

More Information

More information about living with black bears can be found on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) website.

You can also contact the Corvallis Office of ODFW at 541-757-4186.