Bird Feeders, BBQs & Other Attractants

Bird Feeders

The best option is to not feed birds while bears are active from March to December 1st. However, if you must hang a bird feeder, make sure the feeder is out of reach from bears: 10 feet up and 4 feet out from the tree trunk or pole. If you do plan to hang a bird feeder, know that they will likely still attract a bear and their attempts to get at the bird feeder may be successful. Birdhouses, birdbaths, and native vegetation (that don’t attract bears) are all great alternatives to viewing birds and don’t contain bird feeder attractants.

BBQ, Coolers & Other Attractants

Please clean grills thoroughly after each use. Coolers should be secured in a bear-resistant manner (ex. in a car, home, shed) and not left out where bears can access them. There are coolers that have been tested and approved as bear-resistant. Below you will find links to an updated list of items that have been tested and approved as bear-resistant as well as a list of common bear attractants. If you are wondering what might be an attractant on your property please take a look. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.


Don’t leave trash, groceries or animal feed in your vehicle. Bears can and do pry open car and truck doors and break windows to get at food, coolers and other items they associate with food.

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