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.
During hibernation bears survive without eating by living off their fat reserves and by going into a state of dormancy; metabolism slows drastically, body temps drop by 3-7 degree Celsius, and heart's beat roughly 8-12 times per minute. It's quite remarkable, actually.
Conditioning is a simple learning technique we use to train our pets by giving them positive feedback or a food reward if we want them to repeat a behaviour.
If you’re of the mindset that you can “fight the war on” anything, you are dead wrong. War begets war. Fighting begets fighting. So what are you supposed to do then? Sit back and let bad sh*t happen? NO! Read more to find out how you can inspire change.
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.
Living in Missoula, MT, Jeff is originally from Calgary AB, he has a masters in Environmental Studies, is an award winning writer, and is an exceptionally interesting conversationalist.