To avoid encountering bears
Oze is a habitat for Asiatic black bears.
To enable coexistence with them, visitors are asked to observe the guidelines given below.
Bears don’t want to see us either!
Alert them to your presence
Use bells and whistles.
Exercise caution during dusk and twilight hours.
This is when bears are at their most active.
In fog, by rivers, at the foot of mountains
Bears may be distracted.
Places where bears might be encountered
Eating shoots on beech trees (early spring)
Eating fruits on beech and Mizunara trees (autumn)
At the foot of mountains:
Eating the fruits of skunk cabbages in mountain-base marshes.
In places where bamboo grows:
Eating bamboo shoots (June to July)
Ozegahara has a river section along which forests grow. Bears have been spotted crossing a nearby boardwalk.
On encountering a bear
(the bear will be surprised, too — don’t panic so as to avoid aggravating the situation.)
Do not panic.
Remain calm above all.
Do not arouse the bear.
Do not run.
The bear will chase you.
Be careful with cubs.
Mother bears will risk their lives to protect cubs.
Bears are endangered animals.
Oze is a precious area suitable as a habitat for Asiatic black bears. If incidents occur, bears may be captured and killed as dangerous animals. Be careful not to cause bear-related incidents due to carelessness.
Take care of food and leftovers.
Take home all garbage including lunch leftovers.
It is dangerous to run in the mountains.
Minimize the possibility of bumping into bears. They may preemptively attack if they feel threatened.
Do not approach.
Fresh droppings and footprints are signs that bears are nearby. Leave the location immediately.
Do not bring pets
Their calls and smells can arouse bears.
Observe the following rules:
Do not approach cubs!
They may be cute, but the mother bear will be nearby, creating a dangerous situation.
Do not discard or leave food.
Refraining from feeding wildlife is an obvious rule, but discarding or leaving leftovers of rice, soup, etc. is also tantamount to feeding. After lunch or a rest, check the spot thoroughly and take home any leftovers.
Please report any bear sightings to the Oze Preservation Foundation. This information is valuable to us.