Vancouver Island's mild winters makes it one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the Black Bear. As they generally spend only 2 months in hibernation and often come out of hibernation to feed. Vancouver Island has the highest density of black bears in North America, and a total estimated population of 12,000. Although bears are sometimes seen roadside, which we agree can be thrilling, the best way to marvel at this mammal is in its natural habitat. It is one of the most common large mammals on Vancouver Island and contact with humans is frequent, especially in small coastal communities.