Get Bear Smart Society


Business Number: 877206565RR0001

Our Mission

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

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