British Columbia is one of the few places in the world which still has significant populations of both black bears and grizzlies. However, as our population grows, humans have become the greatest threat to bears. We encroach on bear habitat, driving bears further into the ever-shrinking wilderness. Our carelessness with garbage attracts bears into populated communities, where they frequently have to be destroyed by Conservation Officers. Poachers slaughter these magnificent animals with no regard for putting bear populations at risk. B.C. is bear country, and by taking simple precautions we can avoid conflicts with bears. This information is intended to provide a snapshot of the state of B.C.'s bears - the status of bear populations, the threats they face, and what B.C. residents need to know to help conserve bears.
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. 1996. BC Bear Facts. BC Ministry of Environment