Although bears live primarily in forested areas, they sometimes wander into urban areas. Conflicts between people and bears have increased as suburban sprawl encroaches into former bear habitat and as more people enter woodlands to hike , camp or enjoy other activities.
When natural foods such as nuts, berries, insects and tender vegetation are scarce, bears search actively for anything to eat. This is when they most often come in contact with people.
Bears are intelligent animals with good memories, and if they find a food source, either natural or artificial, they will return in hopes of another meal. Anything that people or their pets eat will attract bears.
Bears and you
Although BLACK BEAR ATTACKS are extremely rare, people need to realize that bears are large, wild animals that command our respect. A male black bear, for example, can weigh as much as 300 kilograms.
Usually, though, black bears are wary of people, and will leave an area when encountered.
Bears can become a nuisance when they visit homes, cottages, campgrounds and businesses. Although some bears become used to people, they remain wild animals no matter how tame they may appear.
People must always be cautious around them, since they may react unpredictably.