Bears are not the cute, cuddly teddy bears of nursery rhymes and fairy tales. But neither are they slavering man-eaters depicted in outdoor magazines. Bear attacks are still extremely rare. Most bears will avoid people if given the chance.
The other important point to consider is that so-called "nuisance" or "problem" bears aren‘t bred, they‘re made. Carelessly stored food, garbage, even barbecue grease can all attract bears and keep them coming back. The problem can easily be removed by eliminating the source of the attraction. Becoming Bear Safe is often as simple as removing the food sources that attract bears, but too often, people resort to shooting bears.
You can protect yourself, your family, belongings, and our precious bears by following the simple steps in our Bear Safe guide, which gives tips on avoiding conflict while at the cottage, camping, and while travelling in bear country, along with some useful facts about bears.