Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Black Bear or Grizzly Bear?

Report bear and other wildlife encounters to the BC Conservation Officer Service (COS) RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277

NRRM Conservation Officers are notified daily about sightings and  immediately in emergencies.


There are two bear species found in the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality region: black bears (Ursus americanus) and grizzly bears (Ursos arctos). It's often difficult to tell them apart, but Black bears are more likely to become habituated and act comfortably around humans, so you may see them in yards and parks. 


Black Bear vs. Grizzly Bear: Here's how to tell them apart

Black bears can range in colour from black, blue-black, dark brown, brown and cinnamon to even white. Grizzlies, likewise, can range in colour from black to blonde. Grizzly bears are usually significantly larger than black bears, but size is not the best way of differentiating the species. The following are differentiating features:


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