Each year, about 950 Black Bears and 50 grizzlies have to be destroyed to protect the public. As more people and more garbage move into traditional bear habitat, more bears are becoming garbage-conditioned, and have to be destroyed. It's a terrible waste of life. It's also costly: the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks' Conservation Officer Service spends about $1 million a year dealing with bear/people conflicts. Bears which are moved away may return, and others will starve to death. Bears which are causing problems are sometimes moved, or ?translocated?, especially females with cubs, grizzlies, or bears which are not yet garbage-conditioned. About 150 bears are translocated each year, but it doesn?t always work. Bears will travel hundreds of kilometers to return to known food sources. Other bears are chased from their new surroundings by resident bears, are killed by dominant bears, or starve to death.
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. 1999. Don't Attract Bears to Garbage (Brochure - Text). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks
Topic: Wildlife-Human Interaction
Keywords: black bear, grizzly bear, garbage, bc, british columbia, safety guide
Scientific Name: Ursus arctos, Ursus americanus
English Name: Black Bear, Grizzly Bear
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