Reporting Bear And Other Wild Animal Sightings

Reporting Bear And Other Wild Animal Sightings

Be Bear Aware and Stay Safe

The natural curiosity of bears brings them into our community. While exploring our residential areas, they become ensnared in a web of garbage and other attractants. Bears are ruled by their stomachs; if they cannot find the food they need, they soon leave the area. Foraging in community is a learned behaviour that threatens the safety of both the bears and the residents of our community.

Reporting Bear And Wild Animal Sightings

If you see a bear or other wild animal that is going about its regular business such as walking through your yard, trails, or open park spaces, don’t panic, leave it alone and do not cut off its escape path. Report the sighting to the Provincial Conservation Officer Service 24 hotline at 1-877-952-RAPP or report it on-line at www.rapp.bc.ca.

If you encounter a bear feasting on residential garbage or any wild animal that is acting threatening or aggressive call the Provincial Conservation Officer Service 24hr hotline at 1-877-952 RAPP or report it on-line at www.rapp.bc.ca. Dispatchers can provide advice for sightings when public safety is not threatened and a Conservation officer may be dispatched depending on the circumstances.

Avoiding Bear Encounters
Human-bear encounters can happen on the walking trails. Trail users are advised to watch for and be cautious around bears and other wildlife. Bear attacks are rare, but be aware that these are wild animals and their actions are unpredictable.

  • Travel as a part of a group
  • Be alert where bears may not be able to see, hear, or smell you: on twisting trails, in dense brush, near running water, or when the wind is in your face
  • Avoid wearing strong perfumes
  • Make noise (clap or sing); let the bear know you are on the trail
  • Keep children close to you at all times, don't let them wander ahead or lag behind
  • Avoid wearing headphones while walking or jogging
  • Watch for fresh bear signs (droppings, tracks, scratches on trees, overturned boulders, or smashed logs)
  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times
  • Never approach a bear, maintain a distance of at least 100 metres
  • Bear spray can be an effective deterrent when used properly. Be aware that wind, spray distance, rain, freezing temperatures, and product expiry can all influence bear spray effectiveness. If you plan to carry it, learn how to use it.

All Residents Need to Do Their Part Too
Bears that associate food with human activities often lose their natural fear of humans. Becoming bolder and more aggressive in their search for food, bears can get into all kinds of mischief, putting themselves and people around them at risk.

One meal from a backyard or garbage can is enough to bring a hopeful bear back again and again. And bears are smart! If they can get a meal from your garbage can they quickly learn to check every can in the neighbourhood.

Never feed a bear or any wild animal. A fed wild animal loses its natural fear of humans and will likely need to be destroyed.

For more information on being Bear Aware, visit the Bear Safety site.

Notice of Closed Council Meeting:  Monday, Feb 24 2020

POSTED: February 21, 2020

A Closed meeting of Council has been scheduled for Monday, Feb 24, 2020 following the Regular Council meeting.

We Would Like Your Feedback!

POSTED: February 6, 2020

The District of Stewart would like the community's input regarding the "One Call Now" phone notification that took place on Wednesday, February 5th at 11:30am.
This is your opportunity to provide or update your contact information to ensure you receive a call/text/email in the event of an emergency.
It will also provide us with feedback regarding your experience, to help us troubleshoot and improve any issues that may have occurred. Please click this link to take the survey.

Public Notice:  Siren Warning System Test - FOLLOW-UP

POSTED: February 5, 2020

The District of Stewart conducted a test of the Emergency Siren Warning System on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 12:00pm.
Do not have concern if you did not hear the test, as the sirens were only activated briefly.  For more information - please see the attached notice in this link.

Cabin Fever Days!

POSTED: February 21, 2020

Cabin Fever Days are happening:  Friday Feb 28 to Sunday March 1, 2020.  For all the details on the amazing events planned, please see the attached poster.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: October 22, 2019

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: August 23, 2019

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure

Dedication of “Family Quiet Room” at the Stewart Health Centre

POSTED: July 18, 2019

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation