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Bear-friendly Residence
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Being bear-friendly in Montana is a commitment. Sometimes it may mean sacrificing the opportunity to see a bear or take pictures of it—for the welfare of the bear. It may also mean taking extra steps to prevent bears from finding sources of food on your property.

"A fed bear is a dead bear."

Once a bear is food trained, it is difficult and often times impossible to retrain them. That is why biologist so often say a fed bear is a dead bear.

Is your residence bear-friendly?

It’s especially important to maintain a bear-friendly residence that is free of bear attractants. It often takes dilligence and commitment to live in bear country. Learn more by taking the residential assessment to find unsuspecting attractants around your home. Once you have filled out the assessment form, you may contact a bear manager near you for more information and assistance.

Residential Assessment for Wildlife Attractants (Residential Assessment 109 KB)

What's wrong with this picture?

Can you identify the irresistible bear foods in the picture below? Many items around your home may attract bears. [Learn more]

Click on the items in the photo below that you think bears can't resist.

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