Keep Bears Wild!
This healthy American black bear, seen here on an official Tahoe National Forest wildlife camera, is foraging within its natural habitat in the Little Truckee River watershed near Truckee, CA. Let's help keep keep bears like this wild!
As campgrounds and developed recreation sites on the Tahoe National Forest begin to open, it’s extremely important that visitors safely dispose of garbage and take all necessary steps to keep food away from bears. Bears are especially active in late spring and early summer.
At Tahoe National Forest campgrounds, visitors are required to store food in bear-resistant containers (storage lockers/bear boxes) when provided and dispose of garbage in dumpsters -be sure to close and lock these containers!
If you live in or rent a home adjacent to the Tahoe National Forest please remember to lock garbage, remove bird feeders, glean fruit off trees or pick up any that has fallen, store pet food in secure locations, and consider installing electric fences around chicken coops and beehives.
California law prohibits the feeding of any big game mammal.
Tips for safe-guarding campsites against bear encounters:
Tips for hikers and backpackers:
To report human-bear conflicts in California, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Northern California dispatch at 916-445-0380. Wildlife incidents in California may also be reported online using the CDFW Wildlife Incident Reporting (WIR) system at apps.wildlife.ca.gov/wir. If the issue is an immediate threat, call the local sheriff’s department or 911.
For more information about peacefully coexisting with bears, visit TahoeBears.org to learn everything about living, visiting and playing responsibly in bear country. By working together, we can help Keep Tahoe National Forest Bears Wild!