What Is a “Nuisance” Black Bear?
A “nuisance” is any black bear someone considers unwelcome. Everyone has a different idea about what makes a bear unwelcome and what merits removal from a population.
In many examples across America, the more people learn about black bears and are able to observe them, the more willing they are to coexist with them.
|To some a bear is unwelcome and should be removed if it||While others|
|lives in their area.||enjoy occasional glimpses of wildlife.|
|invades their yard.||revel that they live in an area so rich in wildlife.|
|eats from a bird feeder.||feel seeing a bear at a feeder is the joy of their day.|
|does not run at the sight of a human.||see a trusting black bear as an opportunity for observation. They know the record shows that such bears are no more dangerous than other black bears.|
|frequents a residential area.||remove food attractants if they don’t want to see bears.|
|tears into a storage shed.||determine what attracted the bear and prevent it from happening again.|
|enters a house.||close windows and doors to prevent it from happening again.|
|lightly nips someone who attempts to handle it, hand-feed it, or tease it.||refrain from such activities or learn from them.|
|displays bluster, which they interpret as a threat.||understand that bluster expresses nervousness and is not a threat.|
|bites someone.||request leniency for the bear if the circumstances were extenuating and the bear is not a threat to public safety.|
This was the pioneer attitude that eliminated black bears from much of their former range and prevents their return. Fortunately, many people have moved beyond this attitude.