Remember: the presence of barking dogs, bright lights and noisemakers will sometimes discourage bears from coming into an area.
If a bear does come into your yard, don’t panic. Don’t shoot it, and don’t approach it.
Wildlife experts say that we need to learn to tolerate and live with bears. Many bears are killed or injured when not causing problems; sometimes they are simply travelling through an area.
Most bears fear people, and will leave when they see you. However, if a bear woofs, snaps its jaws, slaps the ground or brush, or bluff charges, then you are too close. If you find yourself in this situation, back away slowly, go inside and wait for the bear to leave. If you have a dog, do not let it outside.
If a bear refuses to leave:
If a bear is in a tree: