Those of us who live here on the North Shore mountains are reminded every year of the fact that we live in bear country. Although attacks are rare, encounters with a friendly neighbourhood bear can turn dangerous – if not for us the humans, then definitely for our friends the bears.

Rumaging for garbage, picking through bird feeders and banging around about your dirty barbecue are all things that bears enjoy.

However a fed bear, is a dead bear and every year too many are killed because they become too familiar with our human surroundings and easy food pickings.

So, for the love of the animals, and the best interests of our environment, remember these tips from the North Shore Black Bear Network: