Haw Creek to Become BearWise

Support the work of the HCCA by renewing your membership! We need your help as we pursue becoming a BearWise community. Your annual $12 membership provides educational opportunities and resources for all our neighbors. Join today!

Haw Creek is the first neighborhood in North Carolina to pursue the BearWise designation. Through the BearWise program, our neighborhood aims to reduce the negative interactions with the native black bear population.

BearWise was developed by bear experts from the Southeastern states and is supported by Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The program shares ways to prevent conflicts, provides resources to resolve problems, and encourages community initiatives to keep bears wild.

Want to help Haw Creek become BearWise? Join the BearWise leadership team today and help implement the six BearWise basics in our neighborhood. Email us today at info@ilovehawcreek.com if you would like to join the leadership team.

The Six BearWise Basics

  • Never Feed or Approach Bears: Intentionally feeding bears or allowing them to find anything that smells or tastes like food teaches bears to approach homes and people looking for more. Bears will defend themselves if a person gets too close, so don’t risk your safety and theirs!
  • Secure Food, Garbage and Recycling: Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward them with easily available food, liquids or garbage.
  • Remove Bird Feeders When Bears Are Active: Birdseed and grains have lots of calories, so they’re very attractive to bears. Removing feeders is the best way to avoid creating conflicts with bears.
  • Never Leave Pet Food Outdoors: Feed pets indoors when possible. If you must feed pets outside, feed in single portions and remove food and bowls after feeding. Store pet food where bears can’t see or smell it.
  • Clean & Store Grills: Clean grills after each use and make sure that all grease, fat and food particles are removed. Store clean grills and smokers in a secure area that keeps bears out.
  • Alert Neighbors to Bear Activity: See bears in the area or evidence of bear activity? Tell your neighbors and share information on how to avoid bear confl icts. Bears have adapted to living near people; now it’s up to us to adapt to living near bears.