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Posted 9/29/2017 Ref # 6278

Richard Juryn Walk

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 wildlife.

 

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 play.

 

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 hiking.

 

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 nsbbs@telus.net 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 year. 


 
Posted 8/3/2017 Ref # 6277

Bad Year for North Shore Bears

Posted 3/5/2017 Ref # 6271

Community Bear Forum


 
Posted 2/27/2017 Ref # 6269

Bear Necessities: Rescue, Rehabilitation, Sanctuary, and Advocacy



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.”



 
Posted 2/18/2017 Ref # 6268

Bear alert in winter time



Even at this time of year we occasionally receive reports of bears searching for midnight snacks. We appreciate residents notifying the North Shore Black Bear Society [at 604.317.4911, 604.990.BEAR (2327) and press 2, or nsbbsociety@gmail.com] so we can hang signs to notify people that their attractants have to be inaccessible in the winter months too. Thanks to all the responsible residents on the North Shore and to our committed volunteers who help to keep bears wild.

 
Posted 2/15/2017 Ref # 6267

Young Bear Protector in Action



People of all ages like to take care of North Shore bears! Here is a lucky 1.5 year old boy whose mother recently purchased one of our plush black bears, and he is busy keeping it safe. (Our plush bears are available for purchase for $25 by contacting us at nsbbsociety@gmail.com or 604-317-4911.) As spring approaches, we all have to remember our responsibilities to help to keep the real bears wild and safe by keeping our household garbage and bird seed out of their reach.
 
Posted 1/10/2017 Ref # 6266

Winter Attractant Management


(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.


 
Posted 12/11/2016 Ref # 6265

The game is still on!

Photo: S. Thoma


Beware bird lovers! Suet and seed feeders are keeping some bears from wanting to den for the winter. They just can’t settle when they smell that high caloric food. Please do not leave any feeders out for long periods of time and hang them high and away from your windows and doors. There are several bears in North and West Vancouver that need to start their winter rest, and the removal of unnatural food sources can help.

 


 
Posted 11/28/2016 Ref # 6264

North Shore Black Bear Society held another successful AGM on November 17, 2016


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. 


 
Posted 11/25/2016 Ref # 6263

Bear Buddies at Upperlynn


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.