British Columbia estimated black bear population of 80,000 to 100,000 consists of mostly healthy animals; however, greater interaction between bears and people is resulting in more aggressive behavior in bears that are equally at home in the back country or your back yard.

The Conservation Officer Service (COS) in the Lower Mainland received more than 2,350 reports of bear sightings between April 1 and July 31. During those four months, conservation officers attended 116 times when bears were acting aggressively or public safety was an issue. Twenty-three black bears were relocated and six bears had to be destroyed.