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.

Welcome to the District’s New CAO

POSTED: July 19, 2019

Please see the letter from the Mayor welcoming Tammy McKeown as the District's new Chief Administrative Officer

4 Tips for Coping with Wildfires and Smokey Skies

POSTED: July 9, 2019

For more information, please click on the link from Northern Health's Public Service Announcement regarding Disaster Stress.

Building a Healthier Stewart:  Survey

POSTED: June 14, 2019

The District would like to hear from community members about what makes Stewart healthy.
Please take a moment to answer 3 simple questions on the attached link.

90 Day Wellness Challenge:  Walk With Your Doc Event

POSTED: July 24, 2019

For more information regarding this upcoming event, please see the attached poster.

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

POSTED: July 18, 2019

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: February 21, 2018

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: February 21, 2018

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

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