What To Do When Encountering Wildlife?
Click on the picture for a Living with Black Bear Brochure.
- Do not feed bears or any other wildlife, this sets them up for acclimating to being around people and increases the chance that they will have to be lethally removed.
- Consider getting a bear proof trash bin from Recology.
- Never intentionally approach a bear. You can make noise when hiking so you don't surprise a bear that might be in the area.
- Don't hike alone or at night. If you have a dog make sure it is on a leash.
- Avoid trails with bear tracks or bear sighting signs.
- If you do encounter a bear make sure it has a way to escape even if you have to step off the trail and slowly walk away.
- If you see bear cubs, steer clear and leave the area as the mother will be near by.
- If you encounter a bear, stay calm. Do not run or make sudden movements. Back away slowly as you face the bear.
- Avoid direct eye contact with the bear.
- If a bear stands on his hind legs, he is trying to detect scents; he is not necessarily behaving aggressively.
- Consider carrying bear spray in areas known to have bears.
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- Don't intentionally feed deer. Deer that are familiar with people can become aggressive.
- Never, under any circumstance, approach a deer.
- Be especially cautious of deer with fawns. Mother deer are very protective of their young.
- Attacks by bucks are rare, but bucks may become aggressive in the "rut" season that runs October through December.
- Observe deer from a distance, preferably from inside a structure or vehicle.
- Keep pets inside when deer are in your yard. Female deer with fawns have been aggressive with pets, particularly small dogs.
- Invest in a fence to keep deer out of your yard and plant deer resistant plants.
- Use extra caution when walking or hiking in city parks or municipal trails.
- Stay calm and stand your ground.
- Maintain direct eye contact.
- Do not run. Running triggers a chase response in cougars, which could lead to an attack.
- Raise your voice and speak firmly.
- Cougars often will retreat if given the opportunity. Leave the animal a way to escape.
- If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands.
- If in the very unusual event that a cougar attacks you, fight back with rocks, sticks, bear or pepper spray, tools or any items available.
When and Who to Call?
• If it’s an reoccurring event (the same animal that can be monitored)
Call ODFW at (503) 947-6000 and they can start monitoring the animal.
• When a resident has a wildlife encounter that endangers their safety?
Call the Non-Emergency Police Line at (541) 488-2211 or Dispatch at (541)-770-4784 and ODFW at (503) 947-6000.