The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is one of 15 states that is part of BearWise, a regional program based in the southeastern United States that shares ways to prevent conflicts with black bear, provides resources to resolve problems with black bears, and encourages community initiatives to keep black bears wild. Questions about black bears? Email

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Learn how to become a BearWise community at and learn about the North Carolina BearWise certification requirements (PDF), as well as bear-resistant trash cansand outreach material you can request for your community or business.