During the past decade, increased road access, industrialization, urbanization and outdoor recreation have increased the intensity of conflict between the black bear, (Ursus americanus) and man. Many towns, municipalities and Regional Districts have ill-advisedly constructed communal garbage dumps in black bear habitat to serve growing urban populations. Prior to the organization of these community dumps, complaints of “garbage bears” were almost unknown, especially in more built up settlements. However, since organized dumps have been created, complaints received by the Fish and Wildlife branch have increased tremendously. This is due not only too the increased number of dumps, but also to the increased volume of garbage which has provided the black bear with a concentrated source of desirable food. These bears have become used to man’s activities and the smell of his garbage. Thus, they are becoming more bold and a bigger nuisance to the urban-suburban dweller throughout the Province.
Rutherglen, R.A.. 1973. The Control of Problem Black Bears. Department of Recreation and Conservation. WMR11