The Upper Squamish Valley is home to approximately 59 grizzly bears (Ursus arctus). Occasionally, grizzly bears will wander into Squamish as they follow food sources such as salmon. While encounters with grizzly bears are not very common, it is important to know the difference between a black bear and grizzly bear and how to prevent encounters. Click on the image to view the WildSafeBC Grizzly Bear brochure.
Difference between Black Bear and Grizzly Bear:
Avoiding Encounters at Home
Bears are attracted into our neighbourhoods because of available non-natural food like garbage and fruit. We can reduce the potential for human-bear conflict by simply managing attractants. Our neighbourhoods must be porous to wildlife activity. This means ensuring that wildlife can move through our community without being attracted to non-natural food. We don't want to invite wildlife to stop and stay.
Bears are opportunistic omnivores and will return time and time again to a readily available food source. However, if the attractant is secured or removed, the bear will move on.
Council approved the keeping of backyard hens and bees. Keeping bees and chickens may increase the chances of attracting wildlife. Please take a moment to review the requirements for backyard hens and bees.
For information and how to stay safe: http://westernwildlife.org/grizzly-bear-outreach-project/bear-safety/