Black Bear
Ursus americanus
Body Weight:50-250 kg
Body Size:120-200 cm
Species Status:Common / Least Concern
Legal Status:Furbearer, Game Animal
Conflict Behaviour
Predator, Scavenger, Omnivore
Black bears are found throughout Alberta, from the southern foothills to the high north. They are good swimmers, fast runners, adept diggers, and can climb trees. Their diet is omnivorous; black bears will take advantage of any food source available, including fruits and berries in the fall.

As omnivorous predators and scavengers, their attraction to any kind of food, including fruits, berries, roadkill, garbage and human food, occasionally brings bears into close proximity to humans. Black bears have the strongest sense of smell in the animal kingdom and are attracted to novel and food-like scents. They can be very determined and destructive when curious or in search of food, and have been known to break into human dwellings in rural areas.
Conflict Management
High Risk to human safety & property in bear habitat
Dealing with and preventing conflict with black bears revolves around attractant control and proactive deterrence. Once a bear has been habituated to a human food source, putting it down is one of the only viable options. Food waste and other attractants should be contained, and bears deterred from entering human sites and areas, to prevent habituation. In addition to conducting in-depth site bear risk assessments and making recommendations, we can monitoring industrial site perimeter areas for bear encroachment as well for a proactive deterrent response to prevent bears from encountering humans or human attractants.

Black bear field safety is of utmost important especially for workers in the foothills and boreal forests of Alberta. Industry standard protocol is to provide bear awareness training, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as bear spray, and safety in numbers. However, in high risk areas, this may be insufficient.

ADC provides specially trained field security details against predators for workers in field conditions where the risk of bear encounters is high and cannot be mitigated.
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