For Bear Biologists

Living With People Made Easier

Living with Bears Handbook puts a wealth of easy to reference, up-to-date and scientifically sound information at your fingertips, along with plenty of tools you can use to motivate, inspire and effectively communicate with homo sapiens, a species that’s much more challenging to manage.


LWB2-CVR-crpd300pxRGB“The best single source of information and inspiration on how to understand and live compatibly with bears. Masterson writes with understanding, authority and wit, and shares her encyclopedic knowledge of bears and how to reduce human-bear conflicts.”

Stephen Herrero, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science, University of Calgary, Canada and
author of
Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance

In-Depth Case Histories

BearySmartSolutionsLOGO2Living with Bears Handbook features nine in-depth case histories, along with advice from experts all over North America and plenty of real-world examples and stories that range from "Way to be beary smart!" to "What were you thinking?"

Yosemite National Park
The long journey from the most catastrophic and expensive conflicts with bears back to peaceful coexistence and truly wild bears.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
How innovative solutions solved chronic problems with trash and tourists.

Boulder, Colorado
A bear-resistant containers ordinance helps a community take the final step to urban bearproofing.

Florida Recovery Program
How education and long-range programs helped a tiny black bear population recover and prosper remnant.

Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Going from individual trash collection to central locations plus bird feeding ordinances got this town's bear issues under control.

Hemlock Farms, Pennsylvania
Up to 10,000 homeowners have been peacefully sharing space with a resident population of 20 black bears for more than three decades.

Crystal Lakes, Colorado
Community volunteers partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to end chronic bear-break-in problems.

Canada's Bear Smart Community Program
A look at the model for creating bear-smart communities.

Get Bear Smart Society
How a non-profit partnered with the Whistler community and Canadian agencies and created a world-class organization and source of information.


Completely updated and expanded

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  • Black bear biology & behavior
  • Grizzly bears in brief
  • Black bear population charts
  • Glossary of Bear Terms
  • Urban bears
  • Causes of human-bear conflicts
  • Bear management overview and options
  • When bears are killed
  • Bear proofing homes & communities
  • Being bear smart outdoors
  • Trash solutions that work
  • The best bear deterrents
  • Handling attacks and encounters
  • Tools to help communicate and motivate
  • Legislation & ordinances
  • Working with non-profits and volunteers
  • Case studies and success stories
  • Extensive resources and references

Put the Book to Work

  • Dog ear, post-it-note and highlight
  • Use in student, officer and intern training
  • Recommend to libraries, parks and community centers, and the media
  • Recommend for staff reference and training
  • Loan out to those in need

Case Studies

Living with Bears Handbook features nine in-depth case histories, along with advice from experts all over North America and and many examples of how real people and communities are learning to respect, appreciate and coexist with bears.

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Bears Belong to Everyone


Virginia DGIF often deals with people who are truly afraid of bears. The Black Bear team thinks it's important to spend time talking with people and explaining bears don't want to eat them, just the stuff they leave outside. They also provide loaner bear-resistant garbage containers and electric fences, provide fence-making instructions and direct people to vendors. They do many educational programs and have found their DVD and Living with Bears important tools. One message consistently hammered home is that bears belong to everyone in the Commonwealth, not the DGIF, and that it is everyone's responsibility to prevent problems.

"Conversations about bear management with the public are a different animal. It’s easy to forget that the person you’re talking to may have little or no knowledge about bears. I couldn’t ask for a better reference than Living with Bears Handbook. It covers everything people need to know in an interesting, motivating, easy-to understand way leaves people with an appreciation of how amazing bears are. That’s why I feel it is so important for both the public and our staff who deals with these issues on a regular basis to have this handbook.”

Jaime L. Sajecki, Black Bear Project Leader, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

VDGIF Video: Living With Black Bears