bears

In one region, a bear walked through an open door at three houses in one day during last year’s heat wave. (Photo: BC Conservation Officer Service/twitter).

Keep doors shut to avoid a bear home invasion during hot weather: Conservation Officers

Parts of the province to heat up to the mid-to-high 20s and exceed 30 C this weekend

 

A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)

District of Elkford touts 2021 bear record, promotes bear safety

In 2021, none of the 31 Elk Valley bear euthanizations were in Elkford

 

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service has received several reports of bears breaking into cars in recent days. (Photo courtesy of B.C. Conservation Officer Service)

Spike in bears breaking into cars to grab food spark warning from B.C. conservation officers

The Conservation Officer Service is urging people to avoid leaving attractants in their cars

 

A mother bear and cubs walking on a trail. (WildSafeBC/file photo)

‘Bear jams’ becoming increasingly common and more than some B.C. travellers can bear

TranBC shares strategies to avoid an unsafe ‘bear jam’ while travelling

A mother bear and cubs walking on a trail. (WildSafeBC/file photo)
A black bear, similar to the one pictured here, attacked a puppy in a rural trailer park in Salmon Arm on June 30. (Black Press file photo)

Salmon Arm man bit by bear while trying to save puppy in backyard

Conservation officers looking for bear, provide tips on avoiding bear encounters

A black bear, similar to the one pictured here, attacked a puppy in a rural trailer park in Salmon Arm on June 30. (Black Press file photo)
Jeremiah Pauw (pictured) keeps the bins at his business locked to keep bears out, but has to unlock them for collection day. A new bin he ordered allowed the bin to remain locked all the time. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Push for businesses to lock up garbage in the Elk Valley

WildSafeBC is signing up businesses to secure their garbage and help keep wildlife safe

Jeremiah Pauw (pictured) keeps the bins at his business locked to keep bears out, but has to unlock them for collection day. A new bin he ordered allowed the bin to remain locked all the time. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A grizzly bear was seen eating garbage that was disposed in the wrong bin at Thorsen Creek Landfill (file photo)

Parks Canada steps up enforcement after three grizzly bear deaths in three weeks

Officials say snowpack keeping bears low araound Yoho and Jasper and they are hanging around roads

A grizzly bear was seen eating garbage that was disposed in the wrong bin at Thorsen Creek Landfill (file photo)
(photo provided by COS).

Bear killed after multiple attacks on walkers in Pemberton

The bear was involved in a similar attack Sunday (June 12) and multiple other incidents

(photo provided by COS).
Tristan Clausen, a music teacher at St. John’s Academy in Shawnigan Lake, scared a bear away from school grounds by loudly playing his trombone. (Submitted photo)

Trombone sends bear packing at St. John’s Academy on Vancouver Island

Music teacher grabbed biggest instrument he had

Tristan Clausen, a music teacher at St. John’s Academy in Shawnigan Lake, scared a bear away from school grounds by loudly playing his trombone. (Submitted photo)
A grizzly bear in a meadow at Upper Fording River near Elkford in 2018. (Clayton Lamb / University of British Columbia)

Co-existing with grizzly bears in the Elk Valley

A conservationist and biologist suggest tools for conflict mitigation among high mortality rates

A grizzly bear in a meadow at Upper Fording River near Elkford in 2018. (Clayton Lamb / University of British Columbia)
Bear viewing guide and expert Ellie Lamb is concerned B.C. conservation officers are euthanizing too many bears, but the conservation service says it’s always a last resort. (Submitted: Tracy Duncan)

BC Conservation needs oversight on bear euthanizations, expert argues

More than 600 bears killed in B.C. in 2021

Bear viewing guide and expert Ellie Lamb is concerned B.C. conservation officers are euthanizing too many bears, but the conservation service says it’s always a last resort. (Submitted: Tracy Duncan)
A black bear spotted near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Grizzly bear shot and killed near Fernie, COs seeking information

The female bear was around 6 years old and it would have been her first breeding year

A black bear spotted near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The interior of Ucluelet resident Katharine Fleming’s van was demolished on Friday morning when a bear became trapped inside and desperately tried to break its way out. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Bear destroys Vancouver Island van after getting trapped inside

RCMP officer frees black bear, but not before it obliterates the vehicle’s interior

The interior of Ucluelet resident Katharine Fleming’s van was demolished on Friday morning when a bear became trapped inside and desperately tried to break its way out. (Andrew Bailey photo)
A bear and her cub seen near Fernie in late Fall 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Bear encounter near What’s Up Doc trail in Fernie leaves dog with injuries

The dog is healing, and the trail is closed for five days

A bear and her cub seen near Fernie in late Fall 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A family of five bears was recently spotted in Abbotsford.

VIDEO: Momma bear and cubs caught rummaging for food in B.C. driveway

Mother bear, four cubs spotted on security camera in Eagle Mountain area of Abbotsford

A family of five bears was recently spotted in Abbotsford.
Bears are starting to be seen around the Elk Valley in early 2022. Pictured here: A black bear and her cub near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Bears start foraging in the Elk Valley for 2022

The bears are waking up and heading out, so keep your garbage secure

Bears are starting to be seen around the Elk Valley in early 2022. Pictured here: A black bear and her cub near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Kathy Murray has been educating locals and visitors to the Elk Valley about wildlife safety and awareness since 2005. She’s retiring from the role ahead of the summer 2022 season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elk Valley WildsafeBC coordinator to retire

Kathy Murray will be finishing up as the local coordinator ahead of this summer

Kathy Murray has been educating locals and visitors to the Elk Valley about wildlife safety and awareness since 2005. She’s retiring from the role ahead of the summer 2022 season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Black Bear Reports in B.C. this year. All reports are made through the Wildlife Alert Reporting Program. (WildSafeBC)

Record-setting number of black bear sightings across B.C. in 2021

WildSafeBC reports nearly 20,000 reported sightings from January to November this year

Black Bear Reports in B.C. this year. All reports are made through the Wildlife Alert Reporting Program. (WildSafeBC)
It has been a brutal year for bears in the Elk Valley, with dozens destroyed by Conservation Officers and more killed by traffic and trains. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

A tough year for bears in the Elk Valley: Dozens euthanized, more killed in collisions

Conservation Officers have been forced to destroy 31 bears in the Elk Valley so far

It has been a brutal year for bears in the Elk Valley, with dozens destroyed by Conservation Officers and more killed by traffic and trains. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)

Pilot program in Elk Valley pulling fruit out of hungry bears’ reach

A program which removes and replaces fruit-bearing trees saw a successful first year in operation, with a wait list for 2022

A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)