The Get Bear Smart Society (GBS) champions progressive management policies that reduce both the number of human-bear conflicts and the number of bears destroyed. Our mission is to provide a safe environment in which people and bears can coexist in harmony.
We accomplish this by educating people on dealing with bears in their communities; and promoting innovative bear management practices. Overall, we are creating a paradigm shift in people’s attitudes toward bears and other wildlife by replacing fear and ignorance with understanding and respect.
About Get Bear Smart Society
GBS is a non-profit registered Canadian charity formed in early 1995.
What People Are Saying
"Get Bear Smart has an extensive and enlightening website that's a must-visit for anyone who wants to know more about getting along with bears. There's a wealth of information, plus many free materials available for downloading, including guides that can be adapted to other communities. "
— Linda Masterson, author Living with Bears: A Practical Guide
"Working with GBS has proven to be a rewarding and fruitful relationship. They have an impressive list of successful projects. I feel privileged to work alongside GBS in protecting Whistler’s bears and keeping visitors and locals safe. "
— Chris Doyle, Chief Conservation Officer, BC
"GBS has provided the kind of leadership necessary to make collaborative, multi-stakeholder efforts effective. Their educational materials have proven to be a significant part of our success here in Whistler."
— Heather Beresford, Manager Environmental Services, Whistler
"As one of our member societies, the Get Bear Smart Society (GBS) has proven to be a great champion of North America's bears, working tirelessly to promote the best information on how to prevent human-bear conflicts and use non-lethal bear management techniques to reduce bear deaths. "
— Silia Smith, World Animal Protection Canada