The North Shore Black Bear Society is a non-profit organization. We work in partnership with local and regional governments and other groups involved with black bears and bear attractant issues. Our education program is delivered by Executive Director, Luci Cadman, and a team of dedicated volunteers across the North Shore. We support residents, visitors and bears in the District of North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and the District of West Vancouver.
- Responding to reports made to us by phone, email and social media regarding black bear, cougar and coyote behaviour and attractant management. The North Shore Black Bear Society has a direct cell line (604 317 4911) which is managed by the Executive Director. Callers who select option #2 on the District of North Vancouver’s Bear Line [604-990-BEAR (2327)] are redirected to the Society’s cell. Messages left for the NSBBS on the District Bear Line are checked each day.
- Engaging presentations to groups, including general public, elementary schools, Guides and Scouts, summer camps, English language learners, park rangers, specialist outdoor groups, and companies operating in bear habitat.
- Canvassing neighbourhoods where bear activity has been reported.
- Proactive canvassing in hotspot communities and community workshops.
- Placing ‘Bear-in-Area’ signs in the City and District of North Vancouver. West Vancouver Parks place signs in their district.
- Maintaining a database on black bear, cougar, bobcat and coyote activity on the North Shore.
- Interactive displays at all major North Shore community events and trailheads.
- ‘Welcome to Bear Country’ mail-outs to new homeowners on the North Shore.
- Maintaining a website and creating content for our Social Media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter).
- A variety of media opportunities including print, radio, podcast and television interviews and columns published throughout the year.
- Writing educational bear columns for Pique News Magazine and North Shore Daily Post.
The North Shore Black Bear Society is part of the North Shore Bear Working Group, a bi-monthly meeting of partners working to reduce bear activity in urban environments, including, The BC Conservation Officer Service, the District of North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver and the District of West Vancouver, Metro Vancouver and RCMP.
The North Shore Black Bear Society hires one permanent paid staff member, Executive Director, Luci Cadman. Our board of directors and volunteer team share their time to support the Society’s outreach.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (STAFF)
Luci Cadman moved to the North Shore from England in 2013, and was inspired to learn more about bears upon encountering them in her former neighbourhood, Blueridge. Luci joined the Society as a volunteer in 2016 and quickly progressed to a part-time, paid position as assistant to the Executive Director. In 2018, Luci was promoted to Education Coordinator and tasked with managing and presenting much of the Society’s outreach. Luci expanded her knowledge and understanding of bears by respectfully observing them and taking part in professional development opportunities. Luci is certified in Bear Safety and Awareness and trained as a Bear Viewing Guide.
Luci manages the day-to-day requirements of the Society, presents workshops, responds to bear reports, creates our website and social media content, represents the Society for media opportunities and writes educational columns for various news outlets.