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Bears

"We've Got Bears" and that is for sure. You don't have to travel far to find a bear in British Columbia. Actually you don't even have to leave the city to find a bear. There are a surprising number of bears in and around the urban areas of the province.

In B.C. we have both black bears and grizzly bears. Something most people don't know is that a "black bear" is not always black. The black bear has many color phases including: cinnamon, blue, brown, black and the very special white bear called the "Kermode" or "Spirit" bear. These bears were first discovered around Terrace, B.C and are most plentiful in the Great Bear Rain Forest. All the color phases of the black bear are found in B.C. however, B.C. is the only place on the planet where the Spirit bear can be found.

In writing this song we wanted to celebrate the fact that we are one of the provinces in Canada with the largest numbers of bears. We also wanted to offer a little education about bears and to give some advice on what you should and should not do if you encounter a bear.

Bears

​                                                                                    Written by: Laurie Thain and Gord Maxwell

You could be hiking in the Rockies

            or camping down by the sea

Or fishing by a river where the salmon run free

Picnicking with your neighbors

            or taking a Sunday drive

When who shows up, big surprise!

 

Bears, we’ve got bears,

Bears, everywhere

Cute ones and scary ones

Big, fat hairy ones

Bears, we've got bears.

 

(Did you know that) Every color phase of the black bear

Lives here in B.C.

Cinnamon, brown, blue, black

And the white Kermode

Half of the grizzlies in Canada

Live in this province too

So if you're really lucky, you might see a few.

 

Bears, we’ve got bears,

Bears, everywhere

Cute ones and scary ones

Big, fat hairy ones

Bears, we've got bears.

 

​If you see a bear in the wild

There's something you should know.

It's bigger and stronger and faster than you

So back away nice and slow.

Bears, we’ve got bears,

Bears, everywhere

Cute ones and scary ones

Big, fat hairy ones

Bears, we've got bears.

 

​Bears, we've got bears

Bears, we've got bears

Bears, we've got bears -  BEARS!

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