California Black Bear Public Safety Incidents

Since the 1980s, CDFW has recorded a number incidents involving bears and humans. Although none have resulted in a human fatality, many caused serious injury.

The vast majority of recorded human/bear conflicts have involved the presence of human food, trash or other man-made attractants. The elimination of these attractants is paramount to preventing such incidents. Please visit our Keep Me Wild page for more information about what to do if you encounter a bear.

Recorded Black Bear Incidents (PDF)