Silver Star Mountain Resort is located in a prime black bear habitat and many of our hikers and bikers will often encounter a bear during their stay at Silver Star.
If you do see a bear it is very important to keep your distance, remain calm and understand how to behave around the bear before grabbing your camera and trying to capture the moment. Please take a moment to read this information from www.bearsmart.ca before hiking or biking at Silver Star.
LEARN BEAR TALK
If you encounter a bear... be bear smart. You can tell how a bear is feeling about your presence by reading their body language.
A relaxed bear is one that doesn't pay much attention to you. They may not have seen you, or you may be far enough away that they do not perceive you as a threat.
When a bear stands up on their back legs, they are likely curious or trying to identify you.
Bears will let you know you've stressed or disturbed them by displaying any or all of the followiing behavior: moving away, climbing a tree, salivating, yawning, skittishness, jumping at sounds or movement.
A female black bear will often tree her cub(s) when she feels threatened. If you have invaded a bear's personal space, they will huff (expel air loudly) and clack their teeth. Bears may also slap the ground, lunge towards you or make short charges.
Bears are highly intelligent animals, sensitive to their surroundings and experiences with people.
Please report bear sightings on trails to Patrol.
For more information on Bears please visit www.bearaware.ca