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Bear season in Canada and the United States has begun, with sightings in Alberta, British Columbia and Alaska. Sadly this past week a forestry working in B.C. 's central coast was mauled. A reminder that bears are waking up and companies working in bear country need to be trained and provided with the proper safety equipment. Luckily for this worker, another man on site was carrying bear spray and was able to stop the bear attack, saving the victim's life.
Winter is here! As the bears tuck into bed, there is still a plethora of conflict species on the landscape for staff to run into. Are your workers Cougarsmart? Do they know how to avoid an encounter?
Check out our Wildlife Safety Training courses for your staff this winter.
Residents and oil and gas workers will soon be returning to the Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo Region. The fires have already destroyed over 500,000 hectares of land in the region. Many animals have lost their lives and those that did survive have lost habitat, shelter and natural food sources. Bears will likely be starving and in search of food. Here are a few helpful tips from Bear Safety & More's founder, Kim Titchener on things residents and oil camps can do to reduce the chances of attracting black bears into the community and work sites.
Bears breaking into homes seems far-fetched but, as if Fort McMurray residents didn’t have enough problems already, conditions appear right for a creeping black bear invasion into evacuated neighbourhoods.
Donny Stone hoped to one day see a cougar in the wild, but not quite like this.
The ultra-marathoner's first encounter with the species came while he was out on a 10-kilometre training run Tuesday near his work camp about 100 kilometres southeast of Grande Prairie, Alta.
"I looked up ahead and saw two cougars on the trail, and they saw me and then they moved into the bush," Stone said.