January 25, 2021

Bears in Canada on the Rise Along with Applications for Gun Permits for Protection From Bears

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Are Canadians bad at keeping records of bear attacks on humans? This recent article indicates that data provided by provinces are unreliable and can’t be trusted. What is interesting though is that because there appears to be some scrutiny about the accuracy of bear attack data, there exists more concern by more people because of an ever increasing number of bear/human encounters across North America; enough that Environment Yukon is now keeping an updated “Bear Incident Map.” And for those interested, there’s this study of accounts of black bear attacks on humans in North America from 1900 – 2009.

And then we find that applications to carry a handgun in Alberta and British Columbia have gone through the roof and driving that demand is the increase in human/bear encounters.