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 Acting Executive Director, Christine Miller, 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.
Our educational outreach is provided year-round in the following ways:
- 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 paid staff member, Acting Executive Director, Christine Miller. Our board of directors and volunteer team share their time to support the Society’s outreach.
ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (STAFF)
Christine Miller, a former classroom teacher, combined her teaching skills and her desire to protect bears in the North Shore Black Bear Society’s educational programs for over 15 years. Her desire has remained constant – to stop the preventable deaths of black bears.