For Educators & Interpreters

Understanding. Appreciation. Respect. Action.

Living with Bears Handbook is designed to lead people down the path to living more responsibly with all wildlife, especially bears.


"Easy to understand, fun to read, and full of case histories that present practical solutions to a variety of real-life human-bear conflicts. As a conflict resolution specialist, I'll refer many people to Living with Bears Handbook."
Patti Sowka, IUCN Human-Bear Conflict Expert Team

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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  • Understanding bears and bear behavior
  • Bear populations by state and province
  • Reducing the fear factor
  • Motivating people
  • Why providing bears with food causes big problems
  • Bear calorie counter
  • Behavioral ladder of progression
  • Why and how to live bear-smart
  • Crossing paths with bears
  • Safe viewing and photography
  • Bear management options
  • When bears are killed

Put the Book to Work

  • Use as a training tool for educators, interpreters and volunteers
  • Buy at wholesale discounts, sell at presentations and events
  • Give a gift that will keep on teaching in return for a donation to the program
  • Use proceeds from book sales to fund bear education
  • Make available in visitor center gift shops and book stores
  • Give to volunteers as a thank you for service and a reference tool

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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