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Black Bear Education in New Jersey


As black bears in New Jersey continue to adapt to living in closer proximity to people and human development, they learn to take advantage of human-derived food sources. The Division of Fish and Wildlife has been conducting an intensive public education campaign to teach residents, hikers, anglers and campers about how to safely coexist with black bears and minimize negative interactions. Efforts include presentations to school children, civic organizations, communities and other groups, as well as the development of an educational video, public service announcements, brochures, signs and other educational materials. The black bear education program was awarded a national award for excellence in 1999.

Living With NJ Black Black Bears CD Label
Each year, the Division of Fish and Wildlife:

  • Produces and distributes thousands of pieces of educational material to teach residents how to coexist with black bears.
  • Presents hundreds of educational black bear seminars to tens of thousands of residents.
  • Airs radio and television Public Service Announcements concerning bear behavior.
  • Handles over 1,200 phone calls to provide advice and technical assistance to residents about black bears.
  • Trains law enforcement officers to respond to black bear incidents.

Bear Education Materials and Public Programs Summary, 2007-2018 (pdf, 35kb)


Bear trunk contents The Black Bear Education Trunk is a great resource for educators to use when teaching students grades K-12 about black bears. It includes an activity guide for educators, a bear hide, skull, casts of bear prints and lots of other hands-on materials. It is available for pick-up at the Pequest Trout Hatchery, located in Oxford, NJ.

Michelle Smith
NJ Div. of Fish and Wildlife
One Eldridge Rd.
Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Cost: $50 refundable deposit; pick up and return trunk to Pequest Trout Hatchery


The Division of Fish and Wildlife has produced a variety of educational literature and materials. To view a listing please visit the following link:

Publications and Materials


Children should visit the following link to learn more about living with black bears in New Jersey and to find fun games about New Jersey's wildlife.

Bear Facts for Kids

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Last Updated: January 10, 2020