Our AGM is coming up & everyone is welcome! November 15th, 7:00-9:00pm, North Vancouver Municipal Hall.
Bear Safety Consultant, BCIT Fish, Wildlife & Recreation Instructor & North Shore Black Bear Society Director, Tom Saare, will be our guest speaker. Tom has encountered hundreds of bears throughout his life & career. Learn about responsible coexistence with black bears on the North Shore, best practices when recreating in bear country & what to do if you encounter a bear. A short summary of the North Shore’s 2018 bear activity will conclude the meeting. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org 604-317-4911 (call or text). Again, everyone is welcome! 🐻 📷 William M.
October this year has spoiled us too much with this abnormally warm weather and sunshine, lots of sunshine!! ☀️ Hope all the mountain adventurers get to enjoy yourselves out in the mountains at this possibly one last warm weekend of the year, maybe even a post-summit dip!
If you visited Garibaldi Provincial Park this summer you may have noticed machinery at the Taylor Meadows/Garibaldi Lake fork. Hikers had been using this piece of machinery as a garbage bin. We recently found out that a black bear was killed for accessing this garbage & staying in the area. Grade 1 students perfectly explain “pack in, pack out” to us. Why is it so difficult for people to show respect to this land & the animals who call it home? #frustrated#afedbearisadeadbear 📷Luci C.
Candy Apples. If you were to drop a five year old in a candy store and tell them no rules it would give you an idea of the unbridled joy these little cubs were attacking the crab apple trees. I had no idea there was such a plethora of wild crab apples in the Pacific NW. I also was amazed that the skinny little branches could support their weight. At times one would go way out on a limb and you were holding your breath that it wouldn't snap and then one of the others would come out on the same limb. What a morning to have spent watching these 3 and Mom forage along the banks of the estuary.
A bear dragged this garbage into the forest from an open dumpster. So often whilst canvassing an area where a bear has been sighted, we find easily accessible food rewards. This is a simple fix, close the dumpster lid, please. You can easily report a bear or attractant sighting through our website: northshorebears.com/reportit
Bears are currently in a stage called hyperphagia: a period of excessive eating to prepare for winter. They need to consume 20,000 calories a day, that’s 5 Thanksgiving dinners each day...or thousands of these tiny Pacific crabapples! 🐻🍎📷Luci C.
If you see a bear whilst driving, DON’T STOP! Slow down & give the bear plenty of space, be patient. If we stop & turn off our engines, bears can start to lose their natural fear of cars, this contributes to them being hit & killed. Be part of the solution, not the problem 📷Luci C.