A Practical Guide to Bear Country
Most people who live in places that bears call home moved there to get away from the concrete and be closer to nature. But finding a bear methodically emptying your refrigerator or smashing your car windows is a lot closer than most people have in mind. Helping people understand how to coexist with their furry neighbors can prevent a lot of problems for people and bears.
"An excellent book with so much great information to pass on to our Hemlock Farms residents. With minor adjustments in our behavior, we can make major changes in bear behavior."Dennis Fleming, Hemlock Farms HOA, Pennsylvania
Crystal Lakes, a community of 800+ full and part time residents nestled in the forests of Northern Colorado, went from over 130 bear break-ins in 2005 to zero break-ins in 2007. Community residents worked with the Division of Wildlife to educate, motivate and help residents prevent conflicts with bears. Today their Bear Aware team is an important community resource.
"We recommend Living with Bears to all our property owners, and we sell it in the office. It makes it much easier to get people to understand what they need to do to prevent bear problems."Jim Tiffin, Crystal Lakes Association, Colorado
This sign goes up at the entry gates to Crystal Lakes every year when bears emerge from hibernation to remind residents that it's bear-proofing time again.
Not getting along with the local bear population is not an option for residents of Hemlock Farms, a Pennsylvania resort community where the population swells from 3,000 to 10,000 residents every summer. They use education, information and when all else fails, financial motivation, to persuade people to live responsibly. They successfully share less than eight square miles with about 20 resident bears. Click here to read more about the Hemlock Farms story.
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