BEAR SMART TIPS
• 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
• 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
• Selfies and bears don’t mix. Never pose for
a photo with a bear.
• Keep a careful eye out for bears while
• 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).
To learn more, visit bearsmart.com.
— Source: Get Bear Smart Society.