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.
Whistler is a Bear Smart community. When working in bear country, it is important to keep bear safety in mind on a construction site to reduce human-bear conflict.
Bears can be attracted to construction sites by:
- discarded food,
- petroleum products, and
- certain plant species.
Learn more about wildlife attractants.
Keep your construction site safe
Keep people and bears safe on construction sites by:
- storing all attractants inside a secure building or bear-proof container, and
- disposing of all food waste, including packaging and drink containers, immediately into bear-proof garbage or recyling containers.
All garbage enclosures must meet the Solid Waste Wildlife-Proof Enclosure Guidelines.
If a bear enters your work site:
- never approach the bear,
- ensure the bear has an unobstructed escape route from the site, and
- once the bear has left, remove any food sources that may have attracted it.
Before starting construction, learn more about Bear Smart practices for construction sites.