Learn about living with bears; creating bear smart communities; recreating in bear country; bear safety at work; and managing bears (for wildlife officials).

Our Top Mission…

is to minimize the number of bears
killed as a result of human-caused

What we do

The Get Bear Smart Society’s goal is to minimize the number of bears killed as a result of human-caused problems. We accomplish this by helping the public prevent conflict at their homes, work and play; championing policymakers to create Bear Smart communities; and encouraging police and bear managers to choose non-lethal bear management practices.

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Our board and team of scientific advisors champion progressive management policies and human behaviours that reduce human-bear conflicts. This inevitably improves public safety, limits property damage and reduces the number of bears that needlessly die each year as a result of these preventable conflicts.

Although our work informs and influences bear management practices and policies across North America, we have focused much of our time and energy on the resort community of Whistler, B.C., where we are based. The improvements achieved over the years as part of our BearSmart Whistler Program illustrate what can be accomplished by implementing Bear Smart policies and practices.

As a result of Get Bear Smart programs, Whistler has become leading Bear Smart community that can act as a model for other communities to follow.

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* The Get Bear Smart Society (GBS), formerly known as the Jennifer Jones Whistler Bear Foundation, is a non-profit registered charity formed in 1995. The Society is incorporated in the province of British Columbia (S-36282) and registered as a charity for income tax purposes with the Government of Canada: (#87720 6565 RR0001)

We have helped create a paradigm shift in people’s attitudes toward bears and other wildlife by replacing fear and misunderstanding with respect and understanding.

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