Number of black bears killed in British Columbia communities

Black bear standing on rocks at low tide in British Columbia. Photo by psahota / Getty Images

The Fur-Bearers has published data that will help bring about change for black bears in British Columbia. Information obtained through a freedom of information request and compiled by The Fur-Bearers reveals the areas in British Columbia where black bears are most frequently killed by the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS).

The data spans seven years (2015 – 2021) and includes information for nearly 400 communities across the province.

For the first time, the public will have access to local level data that shows where the most work needs to be done to change the course of bear killings by conservation officers. This information is crucial for citizens, local governments, and the province to take action and collaboratively work together to reduce the number of bear deaths in British Columbia.

View our solutions page to find out how everyone can take steps to protect black bears in their communities.

 

Black bears killed by BCCOS

AREA2015201620172018201920202021Total
100 MILE HOUSE10268422254
108 MILE RANCH71412
150 MILE HOUSE13127
70 MILE HOUSE112
ABBOTSFORD145
AGASSIZ122229
AINSWORTH11
ALBION11
ALEXIS CREEK13116
ALEZA CREEK11
ALKALI LAKE11
ANAHIM LAKE11
ANGLEMONT21238
ANMORE123
APPLEDALE11
ARGENTA112
ARMSTRONG136111
ARRAS11
ASHCROFT11
ATLIN13329
AVOLA123
BALFOUR314
BAMFIELD1214
BARKERVILLE11
BARRIERE11237
BEAR LAKE224
BEAVERDELL134
BELCARRA2215
BELLA BELLA369
BELLA COOLA134
BIG BAR11
BIG BAR LAKE11
BIG LAKE11
BLACK CREEK33
BLACK PINES213
BLEWETT112
BLUE RIVER126211
BLUEBERRY CREEK11
BOB QUINN33
BONNINGTON112
BOSTON BAR1416
BOSWELL1113
BOUCHIE LAKE11
BOWSER1124
BRIDGE LAKE134
BRILLIANT22
BRISCO22
BRITANNIA BEACH213
BURNABY16333117
BURNS LAKE371219321317103
BURTON11
CACHE CREEK1225
CAMPBELL RIVER191313114859
CANAL FLATS112
CANIM LAKE123
CASTLEGAR1697233444
CELISTA112
CHARLIE LAKE213
CHASE112116
CHEMAINUS123
CHERRYVILLE11
CHETWYND122123415
CHILLIWACK47443426
CHRISTINA LAKE17331832
CLEARWATER5661125237
CLINTON314412
COAL HARBOUR1112510
COBBLE HILL1113
COLDSTREAM DISTRICT5212111
COLWOOD11
COMOX1221118
COOMBS112
COQUITLAM312614215869
COTTONWOOD11
COURTENAY62413218
COWICHAN VALLEY11
CRANBROOK71212114
CRAWFORD BAY112
CRESCENT VALLEY1113
CRESTON23215114
CULTUS LAKE33118
CUMBERLAND617
DAWSON CREEK11111139
DEASE LAKE11810
DECKER LAKE13116
DEROCHE213
DOUGLAS LAKE11
DUNCAN12216
DUNSTER134
EAGLE BAY11
EDGEWATER22
EDGEWOOD22
ELKFORD516
ELKO33
ENDAKO123
ENDERBY2215
ERRINGTON1113
FAIRMONT111124212
FALKLAND1214
FANNY BAY11
FERNIE2131231242
FINTRY112
FOREST GROVE1113
FORT FRASER112
FORT NELSON537142325
FORT ST. JAMES2316
FORT ST. JOHN11123210
FRANCOIS LAKE11114
FRASER LAKE12811
FRUITVALE132118
GARDEN BAY2316
GARNET VALLEY11
GENELLE11
GIBSONS46251119
GITANYOW11
GITWANGAK11
GLADE11
GLENROSA22
GLENVOWELL1214
GOLD BRIDGE22
GOLD RIVER911442425
GOLDEN7121627742
GOOD HOPE11
GRAND FORKS762234529
GRANISLE22217
GRASMERE22
GRASSY PLAINS11
GRAY CREEK11215
GREEN LAKE - 70 Mile House134
GREENVILLE112
GREENWOOD211913
HALFMOON BAY112217
HARRISON HOT SPRINGS112
HARRISON LAKE11
HARRISON MILLS2316
HAZELTON418811335
HEDLEY11
HEFFLEY CREEK112
HEFFLEY LAKE11
HILLS123
HIXON112
HOLBERG213
HOPE112149
HORNE LAKE112
HORSEFLY314
HOUSTON3278141338
HUDSON'S HOPE11114
HYDE CREEK22
INVERMERE256316
ISKUT33
JADE CITY112
JAFFRAY134
JOHNSON'S LANDING11
JORDAN RIVER11
KALADEN11
KAMLOOPS15111691351382
KASLO611311
KEATS ISLAND11
KELOWNA71658107659
KERSLEY11
KILLINEY BEACH11
KIMBERLEY5105265639
KINGCOME INLET11
KISPIOX11147
KITAMAAT VILLAGE (HAISLA NATION)11
KITAMAT VILLAGE11
KITCHENER11
KITIMAT171817943
KITSEGUECLA22
KITWANGA43125630
KLEMTU33
KOOTENAY BAY213
KRESTOVA11
KYUQUOT11
LAC LA HACHE421119
LADYSMITH1315
LAKE COUNTRY DISTRICT (WINFIELD)22
LAKE COWICHAN314
LANGDALE11
LANGFORD11
LARDEAU11
LAVINGTON33
LIARD HOT SPRINGS11
LIKELY11
LILLOOET661154629
LITTLE FORT22
LOGAN LAKE DISTRICT1113
LONE BUTTE325
LUMBY3227
LUND22
LYTTON221510
MACKENZIE234814738
MADEIRA224
MALAKWA22
MANNING PARK11
MAPLE RIDGE44710194149
MARA LAKE11
MARYSVILLE11
MASSET112
MAYOOK11
MCBRIDE112
MCLEESE LAKE415
MCLEOD LAKE1113
MCLURE11
MEADOW CREEK1124
MERRITT11342516
MERVILLE11
METCHOSIN1315
MEZIADIN JUNCTION112
MIDWAY1113
MISSION513334423
MOBERLY LAKE22
MONTE CREEK11
MONTROSE1113
MORICETOWN319114
MOUNT CURRIE521133116
MOYIE11
NAKUSP11
NANAIMO32316217
NANOOSE BAY11
NARAMATA1113
NASS CAMP11
NEEDLES112
NELSON141876441164
NEW AIYANSH159116
NEW DENVER415
NEW HAZELTON325313
NEWLANDS11
NITINAT11
NORTH VANCOUVER169172329
OKANAGAN FALLS112
OLALLA112
OLIVER111339
OOTISCHENIA11
OSOYOOS11114
OYAMA22
PARKSVILLE12216
PAVILLION11
PEACHLAND2711314
PEMBERTON124544130
PENDER HARBOUR134
PENTICTON3761421
PINANTAN LAKE11
PINK MOUNTAIN33
PITT MEADOWS714113
PORT ALBERNI11849111953
PORT ALICE4122211
PORT CLEMENTS112
PORT COQUITLAM243357226
PORT EDWARD11
PORT HARDY571811739
PORT MCNEILL2473420
PORT MOODY2422111
PORT RENFREW11125
POUCE COUPE112
POWELL RIVER32484147473
PRINCE GEORGE25393131244536231
PRINCE RUPERT22
PRINCETON51526120
PRITCHARD11
PROCTER112
QUALICUM BEACH13231515
QUATSINO112
QUEEN CHARLOTTE CITY2125
QUESNEL9101419112019102
QUILCHENA11
RADIUM HOT SPRINGS112
REVELSTOKE12343212348
RIONDEL11
RISKE CREEK11
ROBERTS CREEK11237
ROBSON21126
ROCK CREEK33
ROLLA11
ROSE LAKE - WILLIAMS LAKE11
ROSEBERRY22
ROSEDALE224
ROSSLAND5194651242
ROSSWOOD55
RUTLAND11
SAANICH11
SALMO64111215
SALMON ARM263112
SANDSPIT2215
SAVONA11
SAYWARD121116
SCOTCH CREEK123
SECHELT71618326
SHAWNIGAN LAKE2417
SHELTER BAY11
SHOREACRES11
SICAMOUS622111
SIDNEY11
SKIDEGATE IR1326
SKIDEGATE LANDING22
SKOOKUMCHUCK112
SLIAMMON11
SLOCAN213
SLOCAN PARK11
SMITHERS29149234869
SOOKE948343132
SORRENTO123
SOUTH BANK1438
SOUTH HAZELTON112
SOUTH SLOCAN - NORTH OF THE DAM INN112
SOUTH SLOCAN - SOUTH OF THE DAM INN11
SPALLUMCHEEN11
SPARWOOD9221221533
SPENCES BRIDGE11
SQUAMISH81186156559
STEWARD11
STEWART1315
STONER11
SUMMERLAND21476323
SUN PEAKS11125
SUNSET PRARIE11
SURREY11
TAHSIS271111
TAKSYIE LAKE11
TAPPEN246
TATA CREEK123
TAYLOR (NORTH)112
TAYLOR (SOUTH)1124
TELEGRAPH COVE123
TELKWA1643133434
TERRACE1622246411110
THORNHILL1719
THRUMS11
TIE LAKE11
TLELL11
TOFINO12137
TOPLEY22
TOPLEY LANDING224
TRAIL1215516746
TUMBLER RIDGE22512214
UCLUELET52361926
VALEMOUNT33
VANCOUVER112
VANDERHOOF232141114
VERNON7610231644
VICTORIA1124
WARDNER11
WARFIELD21115
WASA1113
WELLS213
WEST KELOWNA3161361333
WEST VANCOUVER61293526
WESTBANK22
WHISTLER873433230
WILDWOOD (WILLIAMS LAKE)11
WILLIAMS LAKE9510988655
WILLOW RIVER11
WILMER11
WILSON CREEK213
WINDERMERE22
WINFIELD11
WINLAW213
WONOWON1113
WOSS LAKE213
WYCLIFFE33
YAHK213
YARROW11
YMIR314
YOUBOU112
ZEBALLOS2215
Total5415195364156325555813779
Data Source: BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy - Freedom of Information Request MOE-2022-21065

Guide to ‘Area’ field from the Ministry of Environment: The Emergency Call Centre database uses “Area/Community -> District -> Zone -> Region” structure. It also has a ‘City’ field but it is not used as a required field. For example, the area “Nanaimo” belongs to Nanaimo District, Nanaimo District belongs to Central Island Zone, then Central Island Zone belongs to West Coast Region. Area -Nanaimo is likely closer to city than district, but it is not the exact city.

Blank field represents zero black bears killed in that area for the given year.

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