The trails near the power lines are popular with hikers on
the North Shore, providing opportunities for nature walks and easy access to
backcountry areas. They also function as wildlife corridors, and the native
plants along the trails provide natural food for birds, bears and other
BC Hydro regularly carries out vegetation management under power
lines to keep the transmission system hazard free.
The walk will explore to see what nature has restored in an
area where this vegetation management was completed earlier this year. BC Hydro
will provide information about their vegetation management practices and how to
hike safely on trails near power lines.
The North Shore Black Bear Society delivers a variety of education
programs on bear awareness to people coming to North Shore to live, work and
David Cook, a retired biologist and long-time volunteer with
the North Shore Black Bear Society, is conducting a multi-year study on the
relationship between human wildlife conflict in the community and the availability
of nature food by researching the growth of natural bear foods and bear scat on
this trail. He will share his study and give tips on how to be bear aware while
At the end of the walk, a small gift will be given to each
participant for attending this information session, courtesy of BC Hydro.
Meet near the gate at the beginning of the Lower Seymour
Conservation Reserve (at the top of Lillooet Road just past the North Vancouver
cemetery) ready to start at 10:00. Carpooling is recommended as there is a
small number of parking spots.
Please RSVP by email to email@example.com
or text to 604.317.4911 before October 2, 2017.
This educational walk
along Richard Juryn trail is a joint effort of the North Shore Black Bear
Society and BC Hydro to deliver information on how to hike safely in the
wilderness and near power lines and to observe how quickly Mother Nature is
able to restore an area after its vegetation has been altered. One can expect
similar renewal and restoration in natural locations devastated by wildfires
This amazing book is now available in paperback on Amazon.ca! It contains contributions by so many dedicated people from many countries who continue to work on animal welfare issues with remarkable success; yet, some of their stories of challenge and loss are truly heart-wrenching. There is also a variety of topics in this anthology about challenges in the bear world (and beyond) that are less well known. Bear Necessities: Rescue, Rehabilitation, Sanctuary and Advocacy is educational, enlightening and inspirational. In this one special volume we have on-the-ground experience and knowledge from around the world. This anthology is a treasure for anyone who values and respects wildlife, and wants to know what is being done - and needs to be done - to improve the conditions of bears around the world.
The North Shore Black Bear Society is especially proud as it contains an article by one of our long-time volunteers, Mick Webb. It is called “Cleaning up a Community for Black Bears.”
(Photo Credit： Warren Goodman)
The most recent bear sighting that the North Shore Black Bear Society is aware of was on December 27, 2016. It has been quiet since. Hopefully, the cold weather has driven all the black bears on North Shore to hibernation.
While the bears are denning, other wildlife might be also driven by the cold, not to sleep, but to be closer to our community than we expect. There were repeated sightings of coyotes in locations where there were no such activities in the past. The harsh weather may force the animals search for food that is accessible in residential areas. Wildlife that becomes food conditioned can be regarded as a safety concern and killed.
Winter time is not a time to be complacent with wildlife attractant management. Many wildlife are attracted by the same things: garbage, Green Can,bird food and unwashed recyclables that smell of food.
Please continue to store the garbage and Green Can containers securely, wash the recyclables and remove bird feeders at night. Let us continue to work together to keep the wildlife wild and our community safe.
On November 17, the North Shore Black Bear Society held its 2016 Annual General Meeting at the District of North Vancouver Municipal Hall. The public was welcomed to the meeting.
The evening started with Chris Lubell sharing his August encounter with a curious young black bear along the Capilano Regional Park trail. The black bear was captured and killed later. Chris found that the encounter caused him to rethink the challenges in his life as he fought with his fear while facing the bear. It was a life-changing experience for him. The bear’s tragic ending made Chris a bear advocate to protect the remaining bears on North Shore.
Tom Saare, instructor in the BCIT Wildlife and Recreation Program made a brief introduction of the life and works of Dr. Lynn Rogers, before the screening of Bearwalker of Northwoods, a documentary on Dr. Lynn Rogers’ unorthodox research on black bear biology and behavior.
The audience discussed how we as a community can co-exist with bears. Ellie Archer, a bear viewing guide and Director of North Shore Black Bear Society, pointed out that bears adapt quickly and learn fast. They have accepted life alongside humans, and it is time that we humans accept them to live near us.
Christine Miller, Education Coordinator of North Shore Black Bear Society, summarized the results of the past year’s work and expressed appreciation for the community support to keep the bears wild.
An Upper Lynn kindergarten class decorated their hallway with bear buddies.
The North Shore Black Bear Society had the opportunity to visit the three kindergarten classes to participate in their hibernation units.