Are Vancouver Island Bears Dangerous to Humans?
Bear watching in the Campbell River Region on Vancouver Island has become a popular sport. Although not common; each year in the province, several people are attacked, injured or killed in encounters with black bears. While most black bears are more likely to run away from humans than attack; the number of people assaulted by black bears in the province each year is about the same as the number attacked by the less abundant grizzly. These numbers are being intensified as the measure of people interacting with the bears steadily increases. Also taken into account are the infringement of habitat and the escalation of clear-cut logging which stress the delicate balance of the eco-system in which the bears depend.
Being on the top of the predator food chain makes these animals dangerous to human beings and when in bear country precautions should always be taken to protect yourself against an eventful encounter.