- Black Bear Facts
- Being Bear Aware: To keep bears wild, what YOU do really matters.
- Living with Black Bears in Virginia
- Avoiding Black Bear Encounters: Brochure (PDF)
- Virginia Wildlife: Virginia’s First Bear Smart Community (PDF)
- Recommended Reading: Living with Bears Handbook, by Linda Masterson. 2016.
Guides to Keep Bears Wild
- Build a Bear UnWelcome Mat – Electric and Regular Mat Instructions (PDF)
- Protect Your Hives – Electric Beehive Guard Instructions (PDF)
- Electrified Mobile Hives/Chicken House Instructions (PDF)
- Electric Fencing for Black Bears (PDF)
- Do-it-yourself instructions on how to make your trash container bear resistant (PDF)
- Watch the video of a bear at the Virginia Tech Black Bear Research Center test a modified container (video provided by VT BBRC)
- Watch the video of how to modify your trash container (filmed by Roanoke Valley Television)
- Video: Management of Orphan Bear Cubs
- 2012–2021 Black Bear Management Plan
- 2001–2010 Black Bear Management Plan
- Evaluation of Black Bear Management Options (Northeast Black Bear Technical Committee)
- Kill Permits
- Bear Seasons & Bag Limits
- Tips for Bear Hunting: Plan Your Hunt, Know Your Capabilities, and Know your Shot
- For the Chef
- Black Bear Check Stations
- Harvest Summary for 2017–2018
- Bear Harvest Age Information (2016–2017 Bear Season Age Data Available)
Additional Bear Information
- Center for Wildlife Information: Be Bear Aware
- Get Bear Smart Society
- Techniques and Refuse Management Options for Residential Areas, Campgrounds, and Group-Use Facilities (ZIP)
- The Electric Fencing Guide contains information about a range of applications for electric fencing designs that can be used to help deter bears (ZIP)
The Living with Wildlife Guides were compiled by the Living with Wildlife Foundation in cooperation with the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Living with Predators Project. The guides are intended to help minimize conflicts between people and black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, coyotes and mountain lions. PLEASE NOTE: These guides were put together to include a broad range of species found in other areas of the United States including deterrents for black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, coyotes and mountain lions. The comprehensive solutions are applicable to Virginia’s black bear and coyote populations, there are no wild populations of grizzly bears, wolves, or mountain lions in the Commonwealth.
Virginia Residents’ Opinions on Black Bears and Black Bear Management: a Survey by Responsive Management (PDF)
Knowledge levels regarding black bears and opinions on and attitudes toward black bears and black bear management among Virginia residents were measured in a telephone survey conducted for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The survey asked about opinions on the black bear population, management of nuisance black bears, hunting black bears, and more.