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.


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What's in the Book

  • All about black bears
  • A look at grizzly bears
  • Understanding bear behavior
  • Root causes of problems
  • Bear-proofing homes and communities
  • Best bear deterrents
  • Preventing problems outdoors
  • Safe bear viewing and photography
  • Managing Bears
  • Volunteer and community programs
  • Case studies from across North America
  • Current population information by state and province

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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Here Today, Dead Tomorrow

DeadFemaleBear2-WEBIt took about a week for a young black bear in Montana to go from curious and exploring to a statistic. At first the homeowners thought the bear poking its nose into anything that might be edible was "cute." What harm was there in letting it eat some feed or dog food? But one bite led to another and all too soon the bear was in the living room.

The bear was killed shortly after.

Understanding how to keep bears from climbing this Behavioral Ladder of Progression could save millions of dollars and thousands of bears' lives every year.