Living "Bear Smart" in the Community


Bear Smart BC Consulting specializes in assisting with the development and implementation of community-based wildlife management and wildlife stewardship strategies unique to the physical environment. 

Bear Smart BC consultants are experienced with the policies and procedures that govern municipal/regional district involvement in wildlife-conflict reduction and are highly skilled in the field of large carnivore biology and ecology. The consultants are well known for their success in achieving positive results receiving a Premiers Award for Innovation and Excellence in 2008.

We work towards achieving greater consultation among government organizations, land use planners, agribusiness, and other key decision makers. Interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as collaboration between sectors, is critical to improving the understanding of underlying causes needed to shift the emphasis from reactive mitigation of conflict to proactive prevention strategies.

What We Do

♦ Provide municipalities, regional districts and businesses with guidance and hands-on assistance to develop and imRon_Mani_High_Res_Photo.jpgplement sustainable wildlife-conflict management strategies unique to their community or business.

♦ Provide advice and mentoring on conflict reduction bylaws, community planning and development, solid waste management and community specific public education.

♦ Assist in creating wildlife conflict reduction working groups. Provide ongoing facilitation and consultation to these groups. 

♦ Engage people who affect or are affected by human-wildlife conflict and encourage all stakeholders to be involved in not only applying mitigation and prevention measures but also in formulating them.

♦ Develop wildlife hazard assessments and conflict reduction planning documents.

♦ Provide partnership assistance with provincial public safety and wildlife management agencies. Bear Smart BC is a partner of the Conservation Officer Service and the Ministry of Environment.

♦ Work in partnership with municipalities and other stakeholders to develop community specific public education programs. Assist in the development of education materials for specialized audiences (i.e schools, industry, First Nations).

Provide community media relations regarding human-wildlife conflict. Bear Smart BC Consulting has an extensive library of media templates that can be easily tailored to meet the specific needs of the community.               



Bear Smart Partners and Clients

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  • Conservation Officer Service
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations
  • National Parks
  • Tla-O-Qui-Aht First Nation
  • Ty-Histanis Esowista Community
  • David Nairne & Associates
  • City of Port Alberni
  • Alberni Clayoquot Regional District
  • District of Ucluelet
  • District of Tofino
  • Town of Qualicum Beach
  • District of Port Hardy
  • Town of Port McNeill
  • Village of Port Alice
  • City of Campbell River
  • District of Sooke
  • Resort Municipality of Whistler
  • District of Squamish
  • North Shore Black Bear Society
  • Get Bear Smart Society
  • BC Conservation Foundation Bear Aware Program