According to B.C. Parks, most bears are simply travelling through and making a valiant effort to avoid humans. However, because of their keen sense of smell, bears can find unattended food irresistible.
Scientists have found that bears can become 'food-conditioned' when they start to associate scavenged treats with humans. When this happens, bears lose their natural fear of people, and can become a threat to park visitors when they start roaming in search of food.
Here are some things to remember to prevent food-conditioning from happening and how to avoid potentially dangerous bear encounters:
SLEEPING OVER IN BEAR COUNTRY
THINGSTO KEEP IN MIND ABOUT BEARS
All information for this article was provided by the B.C. Parks website in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment.