Keep Bears Wild 


North Shore Black Bear Society History

The North Shore Black Bear Network was formed in 1999 after 39 bears were killed, and its goal was to reduce the number of black bears destroyed on the North Shore. The Network was successful in its efforts to raise awareness of bear attractant management and increase understanding of bear behaviour, and it was able to get the residents working together to reduce bear habituation (loss of fear of humans) and food conditioning (reliance on unnatural food sources).

The Network continues to meet monthly to exchange information among many groups, including:

Other municipalities:North Vancouver District
    • North Vancouver City
    • West Vancouver
    • Port Moody
    • Coquitlam
    • Lions Bay
    • Hope
    • Fraser Valley (BANFV)
    • Anmore
  • North Shore Black Bear Society
  • Grouse Mountain
  • BCCF Bear Aware
  • Bear Awareness Network - Fraser Valley
  • Conservation Officer Service

In 2005, the Network volunteers from the North Shore formed the North Shore Black Bear Society to provide a unified voice for the local volunteers and to allow liability insurance to be purchased for those who are involved in educating and advising residents. The Society's Board of Directors continues to meet monthly, and to provide direction to the Society and its Executive Director.

The successful reduction of human-bear encounters are a result of the cooperation and collaborative efforts of the following groups:



  • North Vancouver (District and City)
  • West Vancouver
  • Port Moody
  • Coquitlam
  • Port Coquitlam
  • Lions Bay

Provincial Affiliates

  • Conservation Officer Service
  • Bear Aware (British Columbia Conservation Foundation)
  • Bear Smart Community program (Ministry of the Environment)

Other Organizations on the North Shore

  • North Shore Recycling Program
  • Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife
  • Block Watch (North and West Vancouver)
  • North Vancouver RCMP
  • West Vancouver Police

Other Bear Conservation Groups

  • Get Bear Smart Society, Whistler
  • Bears Matter