Kids and Teachers

We want everyone to learn about black bears. They are an important part of our ecosystem. They are highly intelligent. They are fascinating giants of the forest.


Bears can be dangerous. So it is important that we learn why they behave the way we do, what we can do to prevent encounters with them, and what to do if we meet up with one.

We want to keep bears wild. We also want to keep people safe. So we are asking people to make sure that they are doing everything they can to stop attracting bears into their communities or onto their properties.


When bears smell food – like garbage and bird seed – they are easily attracted into communities. It is up to us to make sure that unnatural food sources are not accessible to bears. Our safety, and bears lives depend on it.




You can play an important role. Get involved. Here are some things you can do:


  • Learn about bears
  • Print, distribute and post the Bears in your school yard fact sheet
  • Encourage everyone you know to be Bear Wise
  • Organize a Bear Wise day
  • Take time to go through the Bear Wise eBook

Are You Bear Wise?



Download the
Bear Wise Activity Book
(PDF Size: 2.6 Mb)

TO REPORT BEAR PROBLEMS: contact the Bear Reporting Line at:
1-866-514-2327  (TTY) 705 945-7641

In a life-threatening emergency, call your local police or 911.