Wildlife & Bear Awareness Safety Training | Edmonton | Fort McMurray

a mother bear and her cubs

This course meets the requirement for Bear Spray Practical Assessment for Suncor Energy sites.

Course Schedules:

Duration: 4 hours

Certificate: Valid 3 years

Wildlife Safety Training Course Description:

In the Advantage Learning Solutions Wildlife Awareness course, participants will learn how to identify bear types, their behaviours, ranges and habitats. They will also learn the differences between defensive and predatory bear attacks. The best defence against bear encounters is not to have one, so the course stresses the importance of avoidance strategies. The bear awareness component will include a discussion on how to handle and/or prevent a bear encounter with deterrents if an attack should occur.

Who is Wildlife Awareness Training for?
This Wildlife and Bear Awareness course is intended for people who work in high risk wildlife habitat areas. It focuses primarily on bears but also discusses other wildlife that may be encountered in the region, including foxes, wolves, cougars, and coyotes.

Wildlife Awareness is designed to increase awareness and understanding of common local wildlife and to emphasize the importance of preventing encounters.

Topics Covered:

  • General wildlife information
  • Bear identification
  • Species
  • Bear distribution
  • Signs of bears
  • Bear avoidance strategies
  • Bear encounters
  • Deterrents
  • Other regional wildlife
  • Work site requirements handling bear spray


Knowledge testing, including a written exam and a practical bear spray exercise (inert training spray is used).

Wildlife Awareness Questions & Answers

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