The "Bear Smart" Community program is a proactive conservation strategy that encourages efforts by communities, businesses and individuals to reduce bear/human conflicts. The goal of the program is to focus efforts on addressing the root causes of bear/human conflicts, reduce the number of conflicts and, ultimately, reduce the number of bears that have to be destroyed due to conflicts.
This program will be based on a series of criteria that communities must achieve in order to be designated as "Bear Smart." It is a co-operative venture and entirely voluntary on the part of communities. The responsibility to manage bear/human conflicts rests with everyone and it will require participation from the provincial government, municipal governments, and local citizens to successfully implement this program.
Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection. 2000. Bear Smart brochure. Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection. Bear Smart
Topic: Wildlife Safety
Keywords: bear/human, conflict, bear smart community program, brochure, safety guide
Scientific Name: Ursus americanus, Ursus arctos
English Name: Grizzly Bear, Black Bear
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