How to frighten a bear to make it go away in Massachusetts | Black bear

How to frighten a bear to make it go away

Bears can be frightened from an area by shouting, clapping your hands, banging pots and pans, and using night lights, strobe lights, loud music, pyrotechnics, and trained guard dogs.  To be effective over the long-term, you should change the position of the device or method regularly so the bear does not become used to it.  If a bear does not flee almost immediately or becomes accustomed to a particular method, stop and try a different method.  Use all methods at a safe distance and location from the bear. If problems persist after attempting several methods, contact a professional.

Bears can also be deterred and frightened by shooting them with paintballs. Aim for the large muscle mass in the hind quarter of the bear and avoid the head and front shoulder area. The idea is to frighten the bear, not injure it.

Legal, Regulated Hunting in Massachusetts

Legal, Regulated Hunting in Massachusetts

The use of legal, regulated, hunting by licensed hunters can be useful for reducing local wildlife populations and can help reduce nuisance problems in Massachusetts. You can allow hunters on to your property, provide a place for them to park to access nearby forest, and/or give them permission to hunt within 500 feet of your residence. Please also keep in mind that each town may have additional by-laws that restrict hunting and the discharge of firearms.

Laws and regulations to be aware of

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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