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Living with bears

What should you do if you encounter a bear?

Generally speaking, there's no standard skill to conclude how to handle the engagement. Each encounter has different circumstances, and each bear may have different responses. The reactions and improvisations you have at the time of encounter will certainly affect how you can retreat from it unharmed.

In Taiwan, the chance of encountering a black bear in the wild to hike is rather low. As the population is quite small and they are highly alert and concealed with a sharp sense of smell and good hearing, they usually avoid humans and leave the site as soon as they detect the presence of people. In order to prevent uncertainty and unpleasant situations, we should stay attentive and try to understand their habits and various types of possible responses, so that we can avoid unnecessary bear-human conflicts.

Ecological code of conduct

  1. For your and the bears' safety, please bring your bear bell and whistle to make noises, and travel in groups.
  2. Please take your trash, food waste, and all other food with you when you leave. Things left behind may attract bears and other wild animals and affect their natural behaviors.
  3. If you see a black bear, please remain calm and leave the scene quietly and quickly.
  4. If you happen to encounter a bear or find traces of bears, please report your bear sighting to the nearby authority.
Phone Number

Phone Number

  • Tataka Station: +886 49-2702200
  • Paiyun Station: +886 49-2702228
  • Meishan Station: +886 7-6866181
  • Nan-an Station: +886 3-8887560
report of bear sighting

Report of bear sighting

Or visit the official website of Yushan National Park to fill out a report of bear sighting

How to identify the traces of Formosan black bears

The population of Formosan black bears in the wild is quite small. They are quite clever and concealed, and mostly move in environments with dense vegetation, so it is not easy to have firsthand contact with these black bears. Yet, We can learn the various traces left by them and understand their appearance and ecological habits associated with the surrounding environments, and we know that they often leave traces of foods, excretion, footprints, and claw marks.