BEAR SMART TIPS

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• Black bears are con­stantly on the move in Whistler. They can be seen on the moun­tains, in the Vil­lage and in res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hoods. They are fast — as in cov­er­ing 50 feet in one sec­ond. They swim and climb. Their in­tel­li­gence is likened to that of the great apes — or a three-year-old child. • Never feed a bear. Not only is the bear put in jeop­ardy, but you can be pros­e­cuted and fined. • Dis­pose of all garbage in bear-proof con­tain­ers. Look for the bins in the Vil­lage, mu­nic­i­pal parks and along the Val­ley Trail. • Re­move all at­trac­tants from your ve­hi­cle. This means used cof­fee cups, gro­ceries or even a sealed gra­nola bar. A bear’s sense of smell is seven times greater than that of a blood­hound. • Self­ies and bears don’t mix. Never pose for a photo with a bear. • Keep a care­ful eye out for bears while driv­ing. • What do you do if you see a black bear? Stop and as­sess the sit­u­a­tion. Re­main calm. • If you en­counter a bear sud­denly at close range, stand your ground and face the bear. Iden­tify your­self as hu­man by talk­ing in a calm voice. Back away slowly. • If you en­counter a bear at a dis­tance, give the an­i­mal space and move on with a song, so the bear knows where you are. • If you en­counter a bear in an ur­ban or res­i­den­tial area, use a loud, firm voice as you would with a mis­be­hav­ing dog. Make di­rect eye con­tact and shout, “No, go away bear.” • If a black bear at­tacks, mak­ing full phys­i­cal con­tact, fight back with any­thing you can. Do NOT play dead. • Black bears are gen­er­ally timid crea­tures who are tol­er­ant of hu­mans and hu­man ac­tiv­ity. If, how­ever, a bear ap­pears to be a threat to hu­man safety or is de­stroy­ing prop­erty, call 604-905-BEAR (2327).

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