Oklahoma Bears

Black bears are established primarily in southeastern and east-central Oklahoma.

Deterring Bears

To minimize the chances of attracting bears, always make sure that garbage is kept in sealed containers and pet food is not left outside. Never feed wild bears.

In areas where bears are common, you can help decrease the chances of a nuisance bear encounter by:

  • Rinsing outdoor trash containers with ammonia to eliminate odors.
  • Storing cooking grills inside, or cleaning them of food residue after each use.
  • Considering taking down backyard bird feeders for the summer and early fall, as the birds have plenty of wild food sources during those months.
  • Use electric fences to protect livestock, poultry and bee apiaries. Keep them at least 50 yards away from wooded areas.  

For more information on how to keep bears wild visit bearwise.org.