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Bearsmart

Why Bears?

Bears play an important role in the environment. We are just beginning to learn how bears positively impact the environment. For example, bears play a role in fertilizing forests by dragging salmon carcasses throughout forests and depositing scat on the…

A Bear’s Bill of Rights

A bear has the right to expect that you will: be an educated resident of bear country and be willing to accommodate the needs of bears into your lifestyle and daily habits have realistic expectations about living in bear country;…

The power of words

Whether you’re an educator, resident, scientist or wildlife officer, as someone who cares about bears, it’s your responsibility to spread the bear smart word – choosing your words carefully. Words are powerful. They can find their way deep into the…

Can we coexist?

By Dr. Lynn Rogers Each year in the USA and Canada, 1 in 16,000 people commit murder, 1 in 35,000 grizzly bears kills a human, and 1 in 100,000 black bears kills a human (Source: US Department of Justice) In…

Becoming a Bear Smart Community

The Minimalist’s Guide Living in a Bear Smart community is not something that happens by accident or without hard work from a few, commitment from many, and buy-in from everyone. Wherever human communities bump up against bear ranges there are…