North Bay Bear Collaborative 



Cultivating a Bear Culture in the North Bay

The North Bay Bear Collaborative is a working group of agencies, non-profit conservation groups, landowners and individuals committed to being proactive liaisons between humans and bears. Our aim is to mitigate future challenges that may arise from the North Bay’s increasing black bear population.

Bears in your area?

May 23, 2020: A bear has been sighted near Cavedale and Moon Mt. Road in the Mayacamas and across the Valley at Jack London State Park and Grove Street in Sonoma.   The bear has been seen rooting around trash and approached buildings.

Over the past few years, bears have moved into the Mayacamas, and are now becoming a regular neighbor of our wildlands. And they are more visible in this season, (May, June, July) when juvenile bears disperse.  This means that young bears move away from their mothers and seek their own home range. That is most likely what the Cavedale bear is up to, looking for a safe place to set up shelter. But occasionally when they’re wandering to find a new home, they get mixed up with all of our human garbage and see them as food resources.  Poor bears, and challenging for the humans too.

You can help these dispersing bears and us, humans, by making sure they don’t get habituated to our

food/garbage that surrounds them.

What You Can Do

1)     Trash, pet food, bird feeders, beehives, and compost are very attractive.    Please do not leave these food sources out.   (Put Garbage cans out in the morning of pickup, not the night before.)

2)     Use noise to deter bears when they approach your house or other attractants on your property. Pots and pans, whistles, car horns, and yelling can do the trick.

3) Help our organization by donating and getting on our email list.   (See below).  



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North Bay Bear Collaborative

Our Partners

Sonoma Ecology Center

Sonoma County Parks


Kashia Band of Pomo Indians

Pepperwood Preserve

Audubon Canyon Ranch

CA State Parks


Napa Land Trust

Meghan Walla-Murphy

CA Dept of Fish & Wildlife

Sonoma Land Trust