VIDEO: Living With Black Bears

If you live in Washington, chances are you live in bear country. One way we can coexist with bears is by not feeding them or attracting them to our homes. Visit to learn how you can help.

Black bears may be present nearly anywhere in our state, including suburban areas and greenbelts near towns and neighborhoods. Washingtonians have a responsibility to take simple precautions to help avoid conflicts that can put both people and wildlife at risk. In fact, state law prohibits feeding or attracting bears and large wild carnivores.

In the video above and a recent blog post we discuss how Washingtonians can protect themselves, protect their property, and protect wildlife by preventing bears from becoming habituated to non-natural food sources.

A large black bear drawn to unsecured human garbage. Photo: WDFW Police.



The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources.