Threats to black bears
Black bear populations are being depleted as a result of habitat destruction, over-hunting, international trade and human ignorance. Solutions to help ensure the viability of bear populations include:
- coordinated land-use planning to manage increased development pressures from logging, mining and agriculture that have destroyed bear habitat
- increased cooperation among agencies and regulated hunting are required to prevent over-hunting
- legislation at federal and provincial/territorial levels, and support through law enforcement agencies, to control illegal trade
- proper food storage, garbage containment and collection, and land-filling practices to reduce the likelihood of food-conditioning.
Do your part to limit human impact on wildlife and help ensure that future generations have the opportunity to see wildlife that are truly "wild".
- If you spot a bear on the side of the road, consider not stopping.
- Bear-proof your campsite and keep it attractant-free.
- Before hiking, think about what bears are doing and how you can give them room.
- Use only official trails and leave wildlife trails to wildlife.
- Respect temporary and seasonal closures.
Remember that conservation isn't just about bears; it's about protecting the whole ecosystem. Wild spaces and wilderness values can survive as long as we strive to be stewards, not consumers, of wildness.