The prevention and termination of "conflict" bear behaviour relies on human understanding, cooperation and acceptance of bears.
Inspired by the desire to prevent unnecessary bear deaths and make their communities safer, passionate people band together to create the community infrastructure to bring about positive change for both bears and people.
There's really no question: People should NOT feed bears.
As people learn more about black bears, old fears are being replaced with understanding. Attitudes are improving. Fewer people are so fearful that they shoot bears for simply showing their faces.
Sadly this month another bear was shot and killed in Whistler. He took the opportunity to enter a house in the blink of an eye while residents ferried items back and forth between the house and the car.
It's hunting season, and thousands of gun-wielding men and women are creeping stealthily through bear habitat looking for game. Bear spray could be the difference between a good story and a serious injury.
What's the big fuss with mountain-ash tree's and bears? In Whistler they are also an important bear food. The berries of this tree ripen in clusters: one cluster contains about 100 berries, and one tree hundreds of clusters. These berries ripen in late fall when most other natural food sources have been depleted. They get sweater with frost and bears love 'em.
Highway corridors can, depending on weather, vegetation and other environmental factors attract bears. Unfortunately, this can result in bear/vehicle collisions, traffic jams due to bear viewing, and the habituation of bears to humans. The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (BC MoT) is working on decreasing bear activity along the Sea to Sky Highway in order to protect both humans and bears.