The Bear Network was formed after 36 bears were destroyed in 1999. The Network consists of representatives of the District, RCMP, Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, and community volunteers. The Network launched a Bear Information Line in May: 990-BEAR (2327) which has been widely utilized by residents. The information from this line is helping the Network record areas of frequent bear sightings and to identify potential bear attractants in the community.
The Network produced a new information brochure with tips for ‘North Shore Bear Encounters’ and ‘Bear-Proofing’ homes. The network worked with North Vancouver District to Declare 2001 the Year of the Bear. New North Vancouver District signs were produced to inform people that bears were active in the area. While education is assisting with bear-human conflicts more needs to be done. Bears remain active in to November as they fatten up in preparation for hibernation. Garbage, compost, rotting fruit, bird feeders and other human foods continue to attract Black Bears into residential areas.
For a copy of the Bears Brochure or further information on the North Shore Bear Network contact the information line: 604-990-BEAR (2327).
The North Shore is Bear Country and Conservation
Through Co-existence is Achievable!
If you see a bear in a residential area:
For information on how to minimize bear movements around your neighboorhood contact Graham Knell - Trail and Habitat Co-ordinator (604)990-3812.