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A free online study guide to help you stay safe in the bear country of BC

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A free online study guide to help you stay safe in the bear country of BC

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A free online study guide to help you stay safe in the bear country of BC.  This online guide will help you work, hunt, hike, and camp safely in the backcountry of BC.

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Bear Aware
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Bear Defence Online Course
BC has two types of bears.  We will use the Terms ” Black Bear” and “Grizzly Bear” from hear on.

Black bears

An online study guide to help you stay safe in the bear country of BC

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 shoulder hump, and have shorter front claws than grizzlies. Adult males weigh about 135 kg (300 lbs) and adult females weigh only 70 kg (150 lbs) on average. The black bear’s diet can be up to 90% vegetation. Unlike grizzlies, black bears seldom eat plant roots. Berry crops are critical. Before berries ripen, or in years when the crop fails, black bears will forage widely for food including human-made sources. Black bears evolved in forested habitats and are agile climbers. Consequently, when a black bear is threatened, it usually seeks the safety of the forest rather than stand its ground and fight.

1. Highest point of back is over hind legs. 2. In profile, muzzle is straight and long. 3. Front claws are dark, relatively short and well curved. 4. Black bear tracks can be distinguished from a grizzly’s tracks by the curved line made by the front toes. Their claws leave little or no imprint in front of the toes.

1. The highest point of back is over hind legs.

2. In profile, muzzle is straight and long.

3. Front claws are dark, relatively short and well curved.

4. Black bear tracks can be distinguished from a grizzly’s tracks by the curved line made by the front toes. Their claws leave little or no imprint in front of the toes.

 

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Black bear attacks are rare. Most often injury is inflicted by a black bear attracted by people’s food or garbage. The most serious black bear attacks are usually predatory in nature with an average of two attacks per year in North America leading to the death of a person.

Grizzly bears

An online study guide to help you stay safe in the bear country of BC

Grizzly bears A grizzly’s fur can vary in colour, from blonde to red to dark brown—or even black. Silver-tipped hairs can give them a “grizzled” appearance. They usually have a prominent hump over the shoulder, and their front claws are long and specialized for digging. Adult males weigh about 250 kg (550 lbs) and adult females can weigh 150 kg (330 lbs), though Yukon bears tend to be smaller. Grizzly bears evolved in open habitats and without the ability to use escape cover to hide from danger. As a result, when they feel threatened, they are inclined to defend themselves. Today’s grizzlies live in open and forested habitats. In some places—such as the Kluane Park region—they can be more abundant than black bears.

1. Highest point of back is over the shoulders.

2. In profile, the brow gives face a dished or concave look.

3. Front claws are light coloured and slightly curved.

4. Grizzly tracks can be distinguished from a black bear by the comparatively straight line made by the toes. The claw imprints are easier to see, usually 2-3 inches in front of the toes.

1. Highest point of back is over the shoulders. 2. In profile, the brow gives face a dished or concave look. 3. Front claws are light coloured and slightly curved. 4. Grizzly tracks can be distinguished from a black bear by the comparatively straight line made by the toes. The claw imprints are easier to see, usually 2-3 inches in front of the toes.

1. Highest point of back is over the shoulders.

2. In profile, the brow gives face a dished or concave look.

3. Front claws are light coloured and slightly curved.

4. Grizzly tracks can be distinguished from a black bear by the comparatively straight line made by the toes. The claw imprints are easier to see, usually 2-3 inches in front of the toes.

Know Your Bears
6:47 Lecture
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DETERRENTS
9:59 Lecture
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Firearms
6:16 Lecture
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Bear Behaviour & Psychology
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SIGNS OF STRESS
10:35 Lecture
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Myths
3:45 Lecture
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Conclusion
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Credits & Resources
2m End of course
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Start On September 25, 2017
Duration 24
Level Beginner
Instruction A free online study guide to help you stay safe in the bear country of BC. Free online study guide stay safe in bear country
Branch Firearms Academy
Price $0.00

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