Free Online Bear Safety Resource & STAY SAFE in Bear Country Course.
This course is not specific to British Columbia.
This bear awareness training is intended for workers, supervisors and civilians whose duties or recreation take them into bear country. Our bear awareness safety course will teach you skills from the basics of bear safety to using bear defence equipment. This course has been accepted across Canada, to be sure that this course meets your needs please contact your manager.
You will receive a certificate as proof of completion
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BEAR OVERVIEW Bears are intelligent and curious animals. Their vision is comparable to that of humans. Bears’ sense of smell is legendary. They often stand up to catch a scent […]
BEAR IDENTIFICATION BLACK BEARS Black bears may vary in colour from blonde to black and sometimes even grey-blue; however, most are black or some shade of brown. They lack a […]
BEAR MYTHS FED BEARS ARE TAME. False. Fed bears can be more dangerous than wild bears because fed bears have an expectation of receiving food from humans. BLACK BEARS AREN’T DANGEROUS. […]
BEAR SAFETY IN CAMP Always set up your camp well away from wildlife trails, spawning streams, signs of recent bear activity, and bear foods such as berry patches. Store and […]
BEARs AND HUMANS Most bears have had previous experience around people and have learned—good or bad—from each interaction. A bear that is low in the social structure with other bears […]
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A BEAR Your best strategy is to avoid unwanted encounters with bears… just as most bears avoid you. But in the wild, this isn’t […]
BEAR STRESS & WARNING SIGNS Whether relating to another bear or to a human, bears use the same behaviours to indicate their stress. SUBTLE SIGNS a pause in activity, yawning, […]
WORKING IN BEAR COUNTRY Both black bears and grizzlies may become quite tolerant of humans and can adapt to areas occupied and worked by people. However, not many people are […]
BEAR SPRAY Used properly, bear spray can help you deter a bear, but it is not 100% effective. Make sure you are familiar with its use and don’t let it give you […]
BEAR & FIREARMS FIREARMS If you intend to carry a firearm, make sure it is adequate—30 calibre or larger or a 12-gauge shotgun with rifled slugs. Practice until you can […]
FIELD WORKERS: PRECAUTIONS IN BEAR COUNTRY Field workers should take extra precautions when working in bear country. If possible, fly over the area you will be working to check for […]
SUGGESTED PRACTICES ORIENTATION During the orientation process workers should be introduced to information about bears including basic information on habitat, diet and annual cycles; identification of black and grizzly bears; […]
BEAR SAFETY RESOURCES Documents: (pdf’s) Source Bear-People Conflict Prevention Plan December 2002 (PDF, 1mb) British Columbia Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection Polar Bears (PDF, 540kb) P.L. Clarkson and I. Stirling Surviving […]
COUGARS Cougars are mostly found in the southern third of British Columbia. Encounters between cougars and humans are extremely rare. We have little understanding of what triggers a cougar attack. […]
SUMMARY IF YOU COME ACROSS A BEAR THAT ISN’T AWARE OF YOUR PRESENCE: Try to move away without getting its attention. WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER A BEAR THAT ALREADY KNOWS YOU’RE […]