bears

Bear runs across Kane Road in Glenmore. (Facebook)

Bear activity in Central Okanagan a concern for conservation officers

‘Securing attractants is the single best way to keep people safe, and avoid unnecessary killing of bears’

Bear runs across Kane Road in Glenmore. (Facebook)
The interior of Ucluelet resident Katharine Fleming’s van was demolished on Friday morning when a bear became trapped inside and desperately tried to break its way out. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Bear destroys Vancouver Island van after getting trapped inside

RCMP officer frees black bear, but not before it obliterates the vehicle’s interior

The interior of Ucluelet resident Katharine Fleming’s van was demolished on Friday morning when a bear became trapped inside and desperately tried to break its way out. (Andrew Bailey photo)
A family of five bears was recently spotted in Abbotsford.

VIDEO: Momma bear and cubs caught rummaging for food in B.C. driveway

Mother bear, four cubs spotted on security camera in Eagle Mountain area of Abbotsford

A family of five bears was recently spotted in Abbotsford.
Black Press file photo

WildSafeBC Central Okanagan warning of increased bear sightings

Report wildlife in your area through the Wildlife Alert Reporting Program

  • Apr 27, 2022
Black Press file photo
Now that spring has arrived, black bears are waking up. Conservation officers are urging caution to prevent bear encounters. (Black Press file)

The bears are back in town: Caution urged as hibernation ends

Conservation officers in Okanagan and Similkameen urging caution to prevent bear encounters

Now that spring has arrived, black bears are waking up. Conservation officers are urging caution to prevent bear encounters. (Black Press file)
Black bear sightings close to double in 2021 over 2020 (File photo)

Okanagan Westside communities see significant uptick in bear sightings

WildsafeBC’s annual report shows there were 412 sightings last year compared to 250 the year before

Black bear sightings close to double in 2021 over 2020 (File photo)
Black Bear Reports in B.C. this year. All reports are made through the Wildlife Alert Reporting Program. (WildSafeBC)

Record-setting number of black bear sightings across B.C. in 2021

WildSafeBC reports nearly 20,000 reported sightings from January to November this year

Black Bear Reports in B.C. this year. All reports are made through the Wildlife Alert Reporting Program. (WildSafeBC)
It has been a brutal year for bears in the Elk Valley, with dozens destroyed by Conservation Officers and more killed by traffic and trains. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

31 bears euthanized in the Elk Valley

Conservation Officers have been forced to destroy 31 bears in the Elk Valley so far

It has been a brutal year for bears in the Elk Valley, with dozens destroyed by Conservation Officers and more killed by traffic and trains. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A black bear. (CP Photo)

Community watch thwarts lip-licking bear’s attempt to see if B.C. RV is ‘just right’

Bruin ransacked home, later captured and removed by conservation officers

A black bear. (CP Photo)
Melanie Porter says this bear licked her hand before retreating to the bushes. (Submitted Photo)

B.C. woman gets spooked, licked by bear in her backyard

Melanie Porter said a bear licked her hand while she was looking for her phone

Melanie Porter says this bear licked her hand before retreating to the bushes. (Submitted Photo)
(Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)

Conservation officer kills black bear previously shot with rifle in Kootenay town

Officers are searching for whoever shot a mother bear within district limits

(Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)
Bears are still active in West Kelowna. (Black Press Media file)

Food-conditioned bears still active in Okanagan neighbourhoods: WildsafeBC

Bears typically start to slow down and move back to natural areas during this time

Bears are still active in West Kelowna. (Black Press Media file)
A black bear mother and cub fish for salmon in a creek near Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Warning issued after bear knocks over B.C. angler

Man was fishing in the Tofino area and was not injured

A black bear mother and cub fish for salmon in a creek near Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
Celine Rytz made an ink print of the cub’s paw. (Contributed-Celine Rytz)

Bear cub dies after being hit by car in Revelstoke

A woman walking found the bear dying but help was too late

Celine Rytz made an ink print of the cub’s paw. (Contributed-Celine Rytz)
Bears can come onto people’s yards and their patios for pumpkin and candies, like this bear in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, who just went for the pumpkin. (Christy Mabe/Special to The News)

Keep your tricks, treats and bears separate, WildSafe BC says

Shares tips and suggestions to avoid human-bear conflict through Halloween

Bears can come onto people’s yards and their patios for pumpkin and candies, like this bear in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, who just went for the pumpkin. (Christy Mabe/Special to The News)
In September 2021, 142 black bears were destroyed by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service due to human conflict. (Black Press file photo)

Ex-conservation officer says ‘armed police’ don’t belong in B.C.’s wildlife response

142 black bears were destroyed by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service in September

In September 2021, 142 black bears were destroyed by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service due to human conflict. (Black Press file photo)
A black bear next to a trash bin. (Mark Levisay photo)

Columbia-Shuswap residents warned September usually when human-bear conflicts highest

WildSafeBC says usual food sources for bears affected by summer drought conditions

A black bear next to a trash bin. (Mark Levisay photo)
A bear and cubs got into some garbage in Oyama, near the Okanagan Rail Trail Sept. 1. (Bryn White photo)

Okanagan community petitions to be bear smart

‘Our community is facing considerable safety issues at our local school bus stops, roads and streets, and our backyards’

A bear and cubs got into some garbage in Oyama, near the Okanagan Rail Trail Sept. 1. (Bryn White photo)
Bear activity is picking up in West Kelowna. (Black Press Media file)

‘Exceptionally high level of bear activity’ in West Kelowna: WildSafeBC

Highest concern in Glenrosa, Westbank, Smith Creek, Shannon Lake and Rose Valley

Bear activity is picking up in West Kelowna. (Black Press Media file)
This juvenile bear was killed by Conservation officers after being sighted numerous times in downtown Penticton. (Facebook)

Juvenile bear put down after hanging around downtown Penticton

Conservation office says the bear posed a safety risk being in busy traffic areas

This juvenile bear was killed by Conservation officers after being sighted numerous times in downtown Penticton. (Facebook)