There are a number of steps you can take to prevent conflicts with bears. Containing potential attractants at your property is key to ensuring bears don’t become habituated visitors. Your participation will help ensure the safety of your family and your community.
Using Electric Fence
Electric fence is a simple and effective tool to secure attractants. Best of all, bears will go out of their way to avoid it. One of the best ways to keep bears away from your home is to put up an electric fence around the entire premises, including gardens, orchards, and even lawns (quite often bears will approach houses under the cover of darkness to graze on green lawns, especially during the drier months). These fences can be installed in such a manner that will not allow people or children to be shocked from the inside. Electric fence is also a great tool to protect vulnerable animals such as rabbits, pigs, sheep, goats, and free-ranging chickens.
Going away for a while?
Bear-proof your summer home when you leave for extended periods or out-buildings where attractants are stored. Consider placing sturdy shutters and doors and strong door bolts on your cabins, sheds, barns, outbuildings, and garages.
Information compiled in cooperation with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. For more information on how to be safe in bear country, visit their Bear Aware webpage.