Whistler is bear country. Help keep bears alive by not attracting them to homes and yards. Keep yourself safe by learning what to do in a bear encounter.

Bear Alerts

Report bear sightings in residential areas by phoning the BC Conservation Officer Service (COS) at 1-877-952-7277 or 604-905-BEAR. Whistler Conservation Officers are notified daily about sightings and immediately in emergencies.

Black bear and cubs photo by Sylvia Dolson
Whistler's Bears

Whistler and the Sea to Sky Corridor are home to both black and grizzly bears.

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Bear Management

Whistler is committed to reducing human-bear conflict. We are proud to be a provincially designated Bear Smart community.

Wildlife Alerts

The Wildsafe BC Wildlife Alert Reporting Program map provides updates on wildlife sightings and the response of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) and other agencies. WildSafe BC Wildlife Alert Reporting

  • Check the map for wildlife activity, encounters and responses by the Conservation Officer Service in Whistler or other parts of B.C. Species that are included are black bears, grizzlies, bobcats, cougars, coyotes, and more.
  • You can also sign up for email or Facebook alerts for specific alert locations (e.g. Whistler or your neighbourhood in Whistler).

Note: Wildlife incidents that are reported to the COS without a specific address are entered on the map with a generic “Whistler Village” location.

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