American Black Bear Safety

The southeastern states in the US have been working to promote a science-based black bear education program to help people live responsibly with bears. Recently, the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) Large Carnivore Working Group’s BearWise Committee, Dave Telesco (Florida), Maria Davidson (Louisiana), Dan Gibbs (Tennessee), and Colleen Olfenbuttel (North Carolina) worked with Linda Masterson (author, Living with Bears Handbook) to expand the outreach and make BearWise available for anyone interested in learning how to live responsibly with bears.

In addition to the material created for the website (including BearWise At-Home, BearWise Outdoors, BearWise Vacation tips, etc…which are also available in Spanish), BearWise is now  available on  social media via the following platforms:


The BearWise program was created by black bear biologists and is supported by state wildlife agencies. BearWise has extensive resources on black bear safety and living responsibly with black bears.

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Grizzly Bear Safety

Click below to visit Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee page on bear safety

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Staying Safe in Bear Country

This is the primary video in the Safety in Bear Country video series, and is a major educational tool for anyone living, traveling, or working in black and grizzly bear country in North America. It includes the consensus opinion of leading experts on bear behavior and its relevance to human safety.  Viewers will develop a better understanding of bear behavior and how this knowledge can help them to minimize the chance of bear encounters and bear attacks. The video stresses that a much greater degree of co-existence with bears is possible if people understand and apply a few safety principles.

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Working in Bear Country

The first 20-minute module in the Safety in Bear Country video series comes packaged with the 50-minute primary video Staying Safe in Bear Country. This module provides additional detailed information on working safely in bear country. It is not a stand-alone educational tool; it is essential to be familiar with the content of the primary video before viewing Working in Bear Country. The module is especially relevant to industry managers and supervisors responsible for the safety of workers. This program is divided into the following sections:

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