To qualify as a Bear Smart Community, BC communities must achieve six key pieces of Bear Smart Programming.
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.
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.
A symbol of the Canadian wilderness, the grizzly bear is fast becoming a "thing of the past" in regions where grizzly bears once reigned. Here are a seven facts about this magnificent animal.
The Great Bear Rainforest is a massive and diverse ecological system with an area spanning the westcoast from northern Vancouver Island to southeast Alaska. Intricately linked as ocean, mountain, and forest where 1000 year-old cedars tower over fjords and granite, The Great Bear Rainforest is home to the rare white Spirit Bear.
Bear-dog conflicts can be prevented. If you are a dog owner in bear country my bet is the last thing you want is a bear charging back to you following your dog! Here are a five things to keep in mind:
If you’ve been watching the news this week you no doubt came across the report of a bear attack near Timmins, Ontario resulting in serious injuries to a 30-year old man, the death of his dog, and the resulting death of the bear. The story is horrible as it is rare and we’re thankful the story didn’t end with the man’s funeral.
Part II of our Cheat Sheet for Becoming Bear Smart that, if practiced, will actually save the life of bear.
With bears emerging from their wintery dens all over North America, we wanted to give you an easy-to-reference cheat sheet of 20 bear smart practices to consider for life in bear country. Keeping bears away from human food sources gives our bears a chance at a long life. Unfortunately, far-too-often a food-conditioned bear becomes a bear with a death sentence.
The term "attack" is a term we never use when describing human-bear conflicts; it's too sensational, too dramatic, and always inaccurate. Bears aren't bloodthirsty or terrifying and they're certainly not stalking you or doubling as a furry boogey-man in the forest. So sleep easy.