There’s a Big Bear In My Backyard!

When I first moved to West Vancouver, people told me I should get a SUV because of the amount of snow that can hit the British Properties. However, no one told me that I might have a big 500lb bear in my backyard!

I believe this is the same bear I saw a few weeks ago walking along Chartwell Street. Back then I was a good 100 feet away from it and he left me alone and just kept walking. This time, the bear was sitting outside my house after raiding a neighbor’s garbage. I suspect the bear decided to dine outside my house because I had the better view of the city.

My wife called the police but by the time they showed up (with guns drawn!), the bear was already gone.

89 thoughts on “There’s a Big Bear In My Backyard!”

  1. Tyler says:

    You live in a place that encroaches on bear country, expect more of them 😉

    1. Salesfist says:

      Perhaps cougars as well…

      1. Cougars are way more dangerous especially when they prowl close to schools.

    2. eBookMiner says:

      Hey… maybe the bear wanted some tips on blogging John

      1. Or may be he/she saw last week dot com pho and want to join John and others 🙂

        1. John are you leaving Vancouver because of this bear ?

  2. Dino Vedo says:

    I guess its time to move somewhere better than Vancouver!!! heheh 😉

    1. The bears are only on the North Shore close to the mountains. John would be hard pressed to find a better place to live than Vancouver.

      If the bears become too much of a problem (they really aren’t) he can move easily within Vancouver to an area with no bears.


      1. John he wants to learn how to earn money.

        How much discount you will give him/her in your blog profit camp training.

        1. Salesfist says:

          What if he only wants the bare essentials?

    2. Because of one beer you will leave your city … thats funny.

      1. not sure about a beer, but a bear would definitely make me second guess the location…especially with kids…

  3. CJ says:

    That’s hilarious!! lol

  4. That’s awesome. I used to live in Alaska and this was a common occurrence. I haven’t seen one since I moved south.

    1. That’s because there are a very few bears left in the south.

      But there are some being imported from the north I think but only to the National parks for now.

      1. Alaska … sounding like you enjoyed white bear company at there.

  5. Kurtis says:

    No need to go to the zoo to see interesting wildlife. Just visit John’s backyard!

  6. Wow…I can see that be scary finding a bear on your backyard as you walk out to the trash!!!

    What can you do other than call the police in those situations?

    1. John Chow says:

      You can call 911 or the parks board. I didn’t have the board’s number on me so my wife just call 911 and they sent the police and call the parks board. They will find the bear and move him.

      1. d3so says:

        It would be scary seeing a bear on your property especially if you live in a populated area.

        1. It would indeed! I have no idea what i’d do if i encountered such thing O.o

          1. There’d be no time for ideas but action. In such cases we act naturally without thinking out of self-preservation instinct.

            To be alert and aware of your surroundings is always helpful.

            Luckily John observed the bear from the inside of his home.

          2. Salesfist says:

            absolutely. That is the safest place to be when bears are concerned…

      2. Haha… you said the police came with guns drawn… don’t think the parks board would have been too happy if they lit that bear up.

        1. Ahaha i’m sure they wouldn’t! 😀

        2. Neither would the environmentalists…lol

          1. They try to remove the bear further away but some bears are so spoiled by getting the easy human food that they are unable to survive without it and move closer to human dwellings again. Eventually they may have to be put to sleep.

      3. Wow! That’s pretty crazy…ever think about moving because of them or is it not a big deal in Vancouver?

        1. John Chow says:

          It’s really not a big deal. There hasn’t been a reported bear attack on anyone in decades. The bears are only after the garbage.

          1. Salesfist says:

            Even bears like Junk Food.

          2. I once saw on this show called What Would You Do where it advised to show an act of submission in a situation like this, but i would probably show an act of sprinting ❗

          3. LOL! That’s exactly what my instincts would tell me, and exactly what I’ll do in this situation. Act of submission? It’s not even among the choices in the ‘fight or flight’ response. 🙂 Do you think our psychologist should edit their textbooks and add the submit/surrender response?

          4. Marcus says:

            That is not accurate, John. Bear attacks occur every year, particularly in areas where civilization is encroaching on their native territory and people are careless with their garbage. I recall an attack just two years ago in Coquitlam (not too far from where you live) where a woman who was gardening was attacked. She was hospitalized with bites to her arm and skull, but recovered OK. Here is a link to that story: <a href="; title=";. Just have to be aware and be especially diligent with keeping your garbage fully secure.

  7. frog says:

    Uf, this was an interesting and dangerous expirience. Maybe, this bear is your fan.

  8. WOWWWW…you must catch that bear and make the bear as your pet and you can write another story about dot com lifestyle… “I have a bear as my pet” 😀

    1. Lolol John chow and his bear! 😀

    2. Nigel Chua says:

      Hahahaha now that’s funny! It’d be cool to see a video of John taking his bear for a walk in the park video and saying: THIS is the dot com lifestyle. :d

      1. And we would love to see in the dot com pho.

        1. nah…too many hairs in the pho!!

  9. dg says:

    I grew up near the mountains and black bears are bad news. Black bears are dangerous because they will attack humans with the intent to eat them (unlike grizzlies). Once they develop a taste for garbage they usually have to be killed because they will just keep returning even if they are moved miles away. They are unpredictable, can go from docile to ferocious in an instant, and can run as fast as a racehorse. Good luck!

    1. I’ve never heard of black bears attacking humans in order to eat them. That would have to be a very sick bear.

      The only time they may attack people is when they have cubs and the mother feels she has to protect them when humans get too close.

      Recently there was a report on TV saying that a black bear got somehow into a house and managed to open the fridge and ate a plateful of brownies. Nobody was injured or anything.


      1. dg says:

        Grizzlies are protective of their young, but black bears aren’t. Black bears do kill and eat people though: Probably best to avoid all wild bears.

    2. Are you not confusing black bears with Grizzlies? One thing you are right about is the garbage, it attracts them like bees to honey. John, perhaps the moment to think about a bear safe garbage storage solution? Before the bear becomes a regular in your backyard 😉 SY

      1. John Chow says:

        My garbage is bear safe. I keep in a storage locker until trash day. However, the people next door forgot to do their garbage lock!

        1. I suggest, it is time to have a nice chat with your neighbor then, take a couple of bottles of beer over and show them the video entitled: ‘YOUR garbage and a BIG bear in MY backyard!’ Hopefully that will get the message across, SY

    3. Bidet says:

      I dont think the black bear will intentionally eat the human, they just want his food and garbage.

  10. Scott Ford says:

    I would of started throwing food at him, until the cops got there lol.

    1. The bear would have probably liked it… try rocks.

      1. Earl says:

        Rock might beat scissors… but bear beats rock throwing human 😉

        1. Haha… not if you are throwing them out a tall building.

    2. Lol i don’t think that would be the best idea 😛

  11. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    lol! John why you didn’t call the police when you saw it walking along Chartwell Street few weeks ago? Perhaps the bear heard about your big name and went to your house to say “Hello John Chow!”. 😉

  12. Wow that’s cool and scary at the same time!

    I wonder whether Sally Chow was there watching the bear?


    1. John Chow says:

      Oh she got a good look at the bear from inside the house. She’s scare of it. That bear was really big!

      1. I’m pretty sure I’d be scared to… Makes you nervous about having your kids play in the back yard without someone watching…

      2. d3so says:

        I guess there were no Winnie the pooh, yogi bear or smokey the bear remarks 😛

        1. I can see Winnie and Yogi scare you pretty easily huh…lol

          I just can’t imagine seeing a live bare in my backyard.!!!

        2. I don’t remember Winnie or Yogi eating out of a garbage can… unless there was some honey in there.

          1. d3so says:

            That happens behind the scenes 😉

  13. PPC Ian says:

    That’s really crazy! Definitely don’t have that problem in California, but certainly have other ones…
    All the best,

    1. what sort of “other once” you have Ian.? well we don’t have any such at our place, the only thing to worry about is humans with malicious thoughts around us 🙂

      1. PPC Ian says:

        Earthquakes are a worry here. Hear you on humans with malicious thoughts too…
        All the best,

        1. You west coasters have so many problems compared to us east coasters… we just have to worry about hurricanes every so often!

          1. PPC Ian says:

            Hurricanes definitely sound bad!

          2. Bidet says:

            We also have pretty bad winters

  14. d3so says:

    That’s what you get for living in a rich neighborhood. Your backyard is a zoo.
    You get what you pay for right?

  15. dot Com Mogul with beer in backyard 🙂 that beer harmless, god fearing creature to me.

  16. Dean Saliba says:

    Wow! I’m so glad I live in the UK. No wild bears here. 🙂

  17. Bidet says:

    Wow thats crazy, where I live we just get squirrels and chipmunks in our back yard.

  18. Salesfist says:

    I am not sure that BC gets that much snow… you guys get the best weather. Ontario gets way more snow…usually.

  19. Don’t worry, its not just Vancouver. There are bears in central Pennsylvania year round too. At least it wasn’t a polar bear!

    1. I went to Penn State and never saw a bear!… thats right smack in the middle of PA!

    2. Bidet says:

      Really, I never knew that, Ive seen bears before in the Pocono Mountains but never in central PA

  20. Just had a family of them down in my area, but i’m about 800 miles south. Amazing creatures.

  21. Earl says:

    Ultimate marketing maneuver: hang a sign on the bear’s neck that says “pwned by”.

  22. ffl license says:

    I think you need to just grin and bear it!
    (pun intended)

  23. Jon Strocel says:

    They say we’re getting them here in Coquitlam now, and they’ve been all over Port Moody lately. Everyone, keep your garbage in the garage or get a bear-proof container, too many bears get killed because of careless humans.

  24. Simon Bunker says:

    This makes my garden visitors look positively tame!! The best I get is a Squirrel or a Hedgehog.

    1. I think I have a family of deer in my backyard… I’ve almost hit them while driving probably a dozen times.

  25. desks says:

    Crazy stuff! Hopefully you were behind a solid door & window!

  26. i can never imagine such scenario happening. my sister would scream. my brothers would wail. my mother would faint , my dog would squeal. lol .. okay maybe not that such an extent but it would definitely scare the sh*t out of us.
    I remember one time we have this raging crazy lunatic dog rambling around the neighborhood and how it kept them and *me* COUGH* shut at home. talk about a bear now =P
    but anyway, i hope you or the police managed to get rid of the bear. for your own safety of course.

  27. Ary says:

    I think I only see bears on the news nowadays, they’re everywhere : )) I hope they won’t visit me too soon, if they do I’ll 1. call the police 2. film them

    1. Everywhere … ?

      Do you like in Jungle or you are calling bad people as bear ?

  28. I used to have Pumas and Jaguars, visiting my backyard in a previous home. It is scary at first but one learns to love it and now I really miss it.

    I am sure the same is true for bears.

  29. Vendingmatic says:

    My worst fear, could not imagine knowing that a 500 pound bear could be right outside my house. Keep Sally indoors and get some sort of motion detector. Hope it’s the last bear that visits your house.

  30. John any update on beer ?

    They caught it or still he/she is free ?

  31. You sound just like Ray Barone 🙂

  32. That is totally awesome in a ‘stay out of the backyard’ kind of way.

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