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Preventing human-bear conflicts in Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford and the South Country
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Bear sightings reported late at night on 2nd, 3rd and 4th avenue in Fernie

6 hours 38 min ago

Bear sightings have been reported at about midnight the last few nights.  The bear has been seen by the firehall on 3rd avenue and on the corner of 2nd avenue and 13th street by IDES.

Keep all garbage locked up so that the bear cannot get to it or take it to the transfer station or the communal bear resistant dumpsters at City Hall, Arena or Aquatic Centre.  If you are walking around late at night, be aware and stay in well lit areas.

We have chosen to live in bear country.  Secure all  attractants (garbage, pet food, keep BBQ clean, bring in birdfeeders (bear feeders)!  Thanks for sharing this and helping our community prevent the needless destruction of bears.

Call 1-877-952-7277 to report human/wildlife conflict.

Grizzly bear sighting reported at the top of Kiddy up trail in Fernie

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:02

Friday June 23rd, 7:45 am.  Mountain bikers have just reported a grizzly bear sighting at the top of Kiddy up Trail in Ridgemont.

The bear was heading towards Whats up Doc.  With the warmer weather bears will be moving up from the valley bottoms to feed and will use the path of least resistance, trails, to travel.   Be prepared and expect to encounter bears anytime, expecially early morning and evening.  Make noise, travel in groups and carry bear spray.

For more information go to www.wildsafebc.com

 

 

Staff at Fernie Alpine Resort learning about wildlife encounters and bear spray

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:14

Thanks to all the staff and management at Fernie Alpine Resort for your interest and efforts to prevent human/wildlife conflict.  I know I can count on returning staff to lead by example, new comers to learn about wildlife and all of you to help educate our visitors and your families and friends.  The end result will be a safer place for wildlife and people.

Bear and cub seen daily on Fairy Creek /Swine Flu Trail

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:52

Wednesday June 21.  A brown coloured bear and cub have been reported hanging around by the cattleguard on the Fairy Creek/Swine Flu trail the last few days.Bears defend 3 things, their young. food and space.  Make noise to avoid surprising this mama bear and cub at close range.  Bears recognize the human voice and will avoid you in most instances.

If you encounter a bear, do not yell, scream or run, this could trigger an attack.  If the bear sees you, speak in a low calm voice to let the bear know you are human and back away slowly.

For more bear safety tips go to www.wildsafebc.com

Bear resistant communal dumpsters available for public use 24/7 in Fernie

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:01

If you miss garbage day or have no shed or garage to securely store garbage between collection days remember that you can take garbage to the communal bear resistant dumpsters free of charge 24/7 in Fernie.  Garbage accesible to bears, under the carport, on the porch or in the backyard is the root cause of human/bear conflict in BC communities.

The dumpsters for public use are identifired by a ” Keep Wildlife Wild” sticker and are located at :  City Hall, Max Turyk, Arena, Aquatic Centre and Fernie Mobile Home Park.  Thanks for spreading the word and helping prevent the needless destruction of bears in Fernie.

Moose and calf on Lazy Lizard Trail

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:36

Tuesday June 13.  A moose and calf were reported on the Lazy Lizard Trail earlier today.  You never know what is around the corner!.  Make noise to warn wildlife and other trail users of your presence.

Moose Safety Tips

  • Never approach a moose. Give the animals a wide berth and ensure they always have an escape route.
  • Female moose with calves need extra space. Moose cows are very protective of their young and may attack if they perceive a threat. If you come across a cow and calf, calmly leave the area immediately.
  • Be aware of moose body language. A threatened moose may lower its head and flatten its ears before charging. If you see these behaviours, find an escape route.
  • If a moose does charge you, getting inside a nearby building or car is the safest option, but hiding behind a large tree or other solid object may effectively block the charge.
  • Dogs and moose don’t mix. A moose can seriously injure or kill a dog if it feels threatened. Likewise, loose dogs can harass moose, causing undue stress. Never let your dog out if there is a moose in your yard.
  • Use caution when walking dogs, keep them under voice control and/or leash. Dogs chasing wildlife may result in human/wildlife conflict.

For more information on wildlife safety, go to www.wildsafebc.com.  Local WildSafeBC program

Montane trails grizzly bear update Fernie

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 14:05

Monday June 12, 2pm.  There have been no further reported sightings or signs of activity of the grizzly bear and cubs that bluff charged a mountain biker yesterday when she surprised the bear at close range.  The incident happened 500 meters away from the trail head by the River Road Extension bridge yesterday afternoon.  The trail is now open but enter at your own risk.  Be prepared and expect to encounter bears anytime.  Fernie is bear country.

Mountain biker bluff charged by Grizzly bear and cubs on Elk Valley Trail

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 13:23

Sunday June 11, 1pm.  A mountain biker was bluff charged 3 times by a grizzly and her cubs when she surprised her at close range on the Elk Valley trail on the riverside part of the trail past the river road extension bridge and half way to where it connects to Montane.  Please stay out of this area until further notice.  The incidenit is being investigated.

For bear safety tips go to www,wildsafebc.com

Never approach unattended fawns

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 08:12

It is fawning season for deer.  Deer are normally timid animals but if they become habituated to humans they can become a danger.  Never approach a deer, especially if it has young with it.  Fawns are spotted when they are newborn to help camouflage them while they are left unattended by the doe as she goes off to feed.  Never approach or touch unattended fawns.

For more information go to www.wildsafebc.com

Bear sightongs reported on Ridgemont Lane Fernie

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:43

Wednesday June 7.  A bear was reported in a backyard on Ridgemont Lane at 2 am this morning.  If you are out and about late at night when bears are most active, be aware, make noise to warn bears of your presence to avoid surprise encounters and stay in well lit areas.

For more information go to www.wildsafebc.com

Bear sightings on Ponderosa Dr Sparwood and throughout downtown Fernie

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 12:15

This bear was photographed in a backyard on Ponderosa Drive in Sparwood this morning.  The gate was left open, the bear wandered in.  There are no attractants on the property and the bear scared off when the resident clapped her hands.  A young black bear being curious who has not learned to feed on garbage.  Let’s keep it that way thanks.

A black bear was reported early yesterday behind the BC Hydro site by the skatepark in Fernie.  A bear and cub have been seen frequently the last few days in the green space opposite Dogwood park.

We live in bear country.  Be prepared and expect to encounter bears anytime.

For more information go to www.wildsafebc.com

 

 

Bear and cub seen on 4th avenue downtown Fernie

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:00

Monday June 5.  A brown colored black bear and her cub have been reported on 4th avenue from the dike trail by Dogwood park all the way to 10 th street yesterday and early this morning.

Thanks for keeping garbage, pet food and all other attractants away from these bears. If you see the bears, stop, stay calm and back away slowly.  If you see a bear in your yard, slowly retreat into the house and ensure your home is secure.  Call the Conservation Officer hotline on 1-877-952-7277.  Once the bear has left ensure that whatever has attracted the bear is removed.

For more information contact fernie@wildsafebc.com

 

 

 

Grizzly bear reported following bikers on the Trans Canada Trail Fernie

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 14:13

Friday June 2nd.  A grizzly bear was reported following mountain bikers on the Trans Canada trail, aka the Elk Valley Trail yesterday.  The grizzly was seen on  section that starts by the dead end above the Montane Hut and goes towards Cokato Road.

There have been no further reports of the bear and cub by the trail behind the skate park in Fernie.Remember that bears, like people, will choose the path of least resistance, trails and roads.  Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.

For more information visit www,wildsafebc.com

This is unacceptable when you live in Bear Country

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 07:18

A Fernie business has been issued a Dangerous Wildlife Protection Order.  In BC, it is an offence to provide food to wildlife by intent or neglect.

Under the Wildlife Act, Conservation Officers can issue a $230 ticket or notice for a court appearance to residents who do not secure attractants. Residents and businesses who intentionally leave out items that attract dangerous wildlife could also be issued a Dangerous Wildlife Protection Order. Failure to comply with an order carries a $575 fine.

Keeping garbage indoors away from wildlife is the best way to keep wildlife wild, communities safe and prevent the needless destruction of bears.  Thanks for doing your part and helping family, friends and neighbours do the same.

For more information go to www.wildsafebc.com

Island Lake Lodge staff learning about wildlife safety and using bear spray

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 08:28

Thanks to all the staff at Island Lake Lodge for their interest and particiaption in learning about preventing human/wildlife conflict and responding to wildlife encounters.  I know I can count on you to share this information with visitors to Fernie and your families, friends and neighbours.

Bear and cubs behind the skatepark in Fernie

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 17:53

Wednesday May 31.  At 3 pm this afternoon a brown colored black bear and cub were seen in the bushes behind the trail by the skatepark in Fernie.  Signage has been placed and the trail head has been closed off with orange tape.  Please avoid this trail until further notice.

If you see the bears, stop, stay calm, use your voice to identify yourself as human, back away slowly and leave the area.  Please report sightings of bears in residential areas to 1-877-952-7277.

For more information on wildlfie safety go to www.wildsafebc.com

WildSafeBC and the CBAL students

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 08:15

Thanks for a great morning with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy.  Had a great morning teaching our new Fernie residents from Pakistan, the Philiipines, Liberia, Czech Republic… about living in bear country.   The students especially enjoyed the role play, “what to do when you see a bear”. 

Grizzly bear seen on Roots trail and by Mt McLean trailhead in Fernie

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 09:34

Monday May 29.  Revised bear activity update. A Grizzly bear was reported on Roots trail yesterday evening and was later seen by the MtMcLean trailhead just past the railroad tracks at 4 am this morning.  The bear sighting was originally reported as a black bear.

Reminder to all residents in this area, garbage collection is tomorrow (Tuesday).  Please keep all garbage locked up and inaccessible to bears until collection day.  WildSafeBC and bylaw services will be patrolling this area today.  If you have nowhere to store garbage indoors please take it to the bear resistant dumpsters located at MaxTuryk, City Hall, Pool, Arean or FMHP.

Thanks for doing your part and keeping Fernie safe for bears and people.

For more information go to www.wildsafebc.com

Bear and cub seen in James White Park

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 06:40

Monday May 29.  A bear and cub were seen at the south end of James White Park on the weekend.

At home, keep garbage indoors away from bears, clean up BBQ’s, bring in birdfeeders and use electric fencing to protect livestock.  On the trail, make noise to warn bears of your presence and avoid surprise encounters and carry bear spray, have it accessible and know how to use it.

For more information on wildlife safety visit www.wildsafebc.com

Female grizzly shot in defence of property

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 09:01

The female grizzly that has been relocated from Fernie made her way back to James White Park via the Fernie mobile home park on May long weekend and was later shot in defence of property in a rural area west of Fernie.

The Elk Valley is very rich grizzly bear habitat in close proximity to human development. More unsecured garbage, traffic on the highway, people using the trails and new developments can all contribute to human/wildlife conflict. People need to have a better understanding and tolerance of wildlife and wildlife behaviour for us to peacefully coexist.

Biologists are currently studying the way grizzly bears use the landscape in the Elk Valley and how they interact with people. They plan to have radio collars on a sample size of approximately 10 grizzly bears and monitor their activity. The results of the study will be used to make suggestions on how to minimize interactions with people based on the data. Similar studies have been done in the flathead for the last 36 years. Landscape in the flathead is similar to the Elk Valley but there are no permanent residents.

Moving bears within their home range (relocation) buys bears time to make better choices and avoid people, but it’s not a permanent solution for resolving human/bear conflict. Trans-location, moving bears a long distance has proven ineffective. They almost always come back to their original territory or become “problem animals” in other communities. They often fail to adapt to their new habitat, may starve to death, be killed by other dominant wildlife, or get shot on their way back to their home territory.

At home, keep garbage indoors away from bears, clean up BBQ’s, bring in birdfeeders and use electric fencing to protect livestock. On the trail, make noise to warn bears of your presence and avoid surprise encounters and carry bear spray, have it accessible and know how to use it.

For more information on wildlife safety visit www.wildsafebc.com

 

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