British Columbia is bear country. No matter where you live or spend your leisure time in this province - even in urban areas - you will be near bears or bear habitat.
The Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks receives thousands of bear complaints yearly. Every year, some 200 to 400 black bears and 10 to 30 grizzly bears are killed because they were perceived to be dangerous to human life or property.
Over the years, people have tended to settle into lush valley bottoms and along creeks - places where bears have lived for thousands of years. We can't expect bears to change; instead, we must modify our own behaviour to allow bears and people the freedom to live each other safely.
Ministry of Environment. 1993. Safety Guide to Bears at Your Home. Ministry of Environment. Safety Guide (Wildlife Brochure)
Topic: Wildlife Safety
Keywords: bears, human, conflict, safety
Scientific Name: Ursus arctos, Ursus americanus
English Name: Black Bear, Grizzly Bear
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