After the recent tragedy at Suncor, I was interviewed by CTV Calgary. Watch the video (scroll to 2:00 minutes mark).
John Martin of FOX21 News writes about a Colorada neighbourhood that recently had a visit from a bear. Continue reading Bear Aware in Colorado
Mike Orlando of the Floria Fish and Wildlife Commission demonstrates new bear-proof garbage containers, along with Laurie Macdonald of Defenders of Wildlife. Continue reading Install bear-proof garbage dumpsters, bear problem goes away
Redefining the Nature Documentary: The Innovative, Interactive Experience of ‘Bear 71’
by Jon Silberg (March 29, 2012, CreativePlanetNetwork.com) Continue reading Documentary about “Bear 71” follows Banff grizzly over 8 years
A young black bear falls from a tree into a safety net on Sept. 10, 2010, after being tranquilized by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens. The bear was roaming within a couple of blocks of downtown Missoula before climbing the tree.
Source: Missoulian (March 21, 2012) http://missoulian.com/news/local/bear-conflicts-a-continentwide-challenge/article_e43cde58-72fc-11e1-9be3-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz1pu0t5mfi
Residents of Vancouver had a wilderness encounter when a bear hitched a ride on a garbage truck. A conservation officer said the bear likely began the adventure in a dumpster. It was tranquilized and later returned to the wild. (Dec. 13) (The Associated Press) Continue reading VIDEO: Bear hitches ride on garbage truck
Black bears are expanding their range in search of food, which is readily available in the suburbs in the form of outdoor trash, bird seed and pet food. Continue reading Suburban bear sightings on the rise
A 36-kilogram cougar that had been tracked by provincial authorities for weeks has been put down in Kananaskis Country after it lunged at a six-year-old girl hiking with her family. Continue reading Cougar tracked, killed after attack on six-year-old girl
BC Conservation Officers opting to shoot bears, not relocate
Just two days after a rare fatal mauling by a mother grizzly in Yellowstone National Park, a black bear interrupted the taping of a television news segment on bear safety. Continue reading Bear interrupts CNN crew in Yellowstone
A husband and wife’s backcountry hike along a popular trail turned tragic when they stumbled upon a grizzly bear and her cubs and the 57-year-old man was mauled to death.
The Canadian Press VICTORIA – A man is in hospital in serious condition following a grizzly attack in northern B.C.
A spokeswoman for the Vancouver Island Health Authority says the attack happened in Oweekeno, about 480 kilometres northwest of Vancouver along the province’s rugged Central Coast.
Anya Nimmon says the man was flown to Victoria General Hospital.
The attack comes as a Lillooet, B.C. community awaits autopsy results that will show whether a woman found dead near her home, in the provincial Interior, was killed by a black bear.
In two recent but unrelated incidents, Mounties were forced to shoot a bear that killed two alpacas in Kamloops and conservation officers killed another that wandered too close to Victoria’s downtown core.
A few surprises in decades-long black bear study
The U.S. Forest Service must pay nearly $2 million to the family of an 11-year-old Utah boy mauled to death by a black bear, a federal judge ruled.
With mortality rates for grizzlies unchanged and unsustainable for the third year in a row, environmentalists are demanding the province toughen up a bear management strategy they say isn’t working.
This story perfectly illustrates the sad fact that “a fed bear is a dead bear.” If you feed them, they become habituated to humans and eventually there is an encounter…and almost always bears lose out. Very sad.
A group of German tourists who chased a sow grizzly bear and her two cubs last summer at Lake Louise escaped with nothing worse than a $750 fine.
From the Calgary Sun — Two Aussie tourists mauled by a grizzly 15 years ago won’t be compensated by the federal government, a Calgary judge ruled Monday.
Justice Ged Hawco said Banff National Park personnel did nothing negligent in their handling of the bear problem leading up to the Sept. 25, 1995, attack on Andrew Brodie and Owen Hereford.
“In my respectful opinion, the warning signs were appropriate,” Hawco said in a written decision.
The Court of Queen’s Bench judge said there’s an inherent danger to anyone going to the mountain parks that they might encounter such wildlife.
“There is some risk to campers in any campsite in Banff National Park that they will encounter a bear,” Hawco said.
Hawco also said wardens took appropriate steps following two earlier incidents, including one which involved two bears mauling an empty tent in the same campground three days prior.
Lawyer Mark Freeman had argued park officials should have done more to ensure the safety of visitors in light of those incidents.
Freeman said the government was liable for the attacks because Hereford and Brodie weren’t told there had been grizzlies in that campground.
But Hawco said such a specific warning wasn’t necessary considering a bear expert testified there had never been a case of a grizzly attacking a tent which didn’t contain food, or garbage.
Hereford and Brodie took all the necessary precautions before setting up tent the night of Sept. 24, 1995, at a Lake Louise site after they couldn’t get into the local hostel.
Early the next morning, a grizzly ripped through their tent, mauling both men, who suffered serious wounds, but recovered.
“In this case, it was the considered view of the park wardens … that there was no foreseeable risk of injury to a camper so long as there was no food or garbage in the camper’s tent,” Hawco said.
He noted warnings were posted at the site entrance kiosk and each camper was warned about bear activity.
“The steps taken were reasonable in the circumstances,” he said.
Had they proven liability, Hawco would’ve awarded Brodie $40,000 and Hereford $30,000 for his injuries and $87,500 in lost income since he was delayed entering the workforce by six months.
Freeman said he’s yet to discuss a possible appeal with his clients.
A reminder to employers: train field employees in bear country…and avoid litigation! Continue reading Two men sue 15 years after grizzly attack