Bear Aware

COURSE FEES:
 

$650 flat fee for up to 8 students

$50/student for every additional student

Maximum number depends on class room space available
 

TRAVEL FEES:
 

Distances less than 100km from Hythe, Alberta - $.85/kilometer return from Hythe, Alberta.

Distances greater than 100km from Hythe, Alberta - $.85/kilometer return from Hythe, Alberta + $30 extra charge for every additional 100km return from Hythe.

**Overnight accommodations and meal charges may apply for distances greater than 200 km from Hythe, Alberta
 

CANCELLATION POLICY:
 

Course can be cancelled, up to 16 hours before class starting time, without any penalty.

If cancelled, within 16 hours, then a flat fee of $400 will be charged.

This fee however, will be deducted from the next bill, if another course is booked and completed.
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
 

Learn to avoid unwanted bear encounters and how to handle them effectively when they do occur.
 

COURSE DURATION:
 

4 hours
 

COURSE CONTENT:
 

  • Bear statistics - Facts and figures of approximately 80% of all bear attacks, injuries or deaths in North America. What worked and what did not.
  • Bear habitat and range.
  • Bear species identification.
  • Avoidance of bear encounters when hiking, camping and working in bear country.
  • Procedure when bear encounters occur including:
    • Black bear versus grizzly encounters.
    • Identification of each bear species in North America.
    • Defensive aggressive attacks versus offensive predator bear attacks.
    • Statistics on playing dead or fighting back and when/whether to consider each strategy.
    • Defensive weapons such as bear spray, bear bangers, guns, knives and other objects. Good statistics on what works best.
    • Outside practice using bear spray. (Inert water is used for demonstrations purposes.)

Note: No demonstrations with guns are included in this course, just discussions of their effectiveness.

The videos and power points used in this course are up-to-date and rated by the leading bear experts as the best, information provided today. Videos are carefully selected according to whom the course is being delivered to – whether they may be workers in the bush, scientists, recreational individuals or younger students.
 

WHEN THE COURSE IS COMPLETE, STUDENTS WILL:
 

  • Have had their confidence fortified so they can safely enjoy the outdoors without being overly fearful of bear attacks.
  • Have learned to greatly reduce the chance of unwanted bear encounters.
  • Appreciate and understand facts about bears and their habitat.
  • Have fully enjoyed the course and come away with considerable knowledge on avoidance of unwanted bear encounters.
 

QUALIFICATIONS AT END OF COURSE:
 

A certificate of completion is provided to each student at the end of the course. It is valid for 3 years. Photo copies of tickets will be provided for employers' records.
 

INSTRUCTOR'S QUALIFICATIONS:
 

  • 35 years' experience of successfully handling several safe bear encounters.
  • 23 years' experience as Forest Officer at the Ministry of Forest and several years as a trap line holder and trapper.
  • Researched statistical data from over 35 books and publications on bear safety and almost all documented bear attacks in North America.
  • Achieved 100% score on three different courses, including bear/wolf and/or Noxious animals and gun use. Assisted with training firearms in one course as a result.
  • More than 12 years' experience of instructing Bear Aware & Safety courses

 

 



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