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WildSafeBC says problem bear reports are down in much of the province this year. (CBC)

It’s been a fairly healthy year for B.C.’s bears, according to WildSafeBC.

The group reports 24 per cent fewer calls about problem bears than at this time in 2012.

Conservation officers in Kamloops and North Vancouver got about half the calls they received the year before.

WildSafe provincial coordinator Frank Ritzey credits two factors.

"First of all it was a really good spring so there as a lot of natural forage for the bears. Secondly a lot of people are beginning to understand managing the garbage correctly and reducing the number of bears that stay in a neighbourhood,” he said.

Conservation officers in B.C. have also shot about 30 per cent fewer bears this year over last.

It isn't good news all over the province however. Prince George saw a 22 per cent spike in the number of problem bear calls.