Bear and cub seen in James White Park

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.comblackiie 1

Bears and berries

Monday July 24.  brown balck bearLate July, most years, indicates an important change in a bear’s diet.  Saskatoon berries, huckleberries, raspberries and others offer bears a concentrated supply of high energy food.  Did you know that a bear can consume up to 100 000 berries in one day?

If you are travelling through ripe berry bushes be prepared and expect to encounter bears.  Grizzly bear sightings have been reported on Phat Bastard and Heiko’s trail, black bear sightings reported on S-Bomb and Mad Cow trails in Fernie.

The safest bear encounter is one prevented.  Make noise to warn wildlife of your presence and avoid surprise encounters, especially in areas with thick brush, poor visibility and berry patches.

For more information go to www.wildsafebc.com

 

Bear sightings in the Cedars and “Learn how to use bear spray today at 2pm”.

Bears, biking, hiking…  Do you know how to use bear spray? Today at 2pm at the Fernie Bike Park Gazebo behind the aquatic centre.  FarCome along and learn how to respond to wildlife encounters and get hands on experience using inert bear spray (like the real thing but without the sting of the pepper).

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented.  Having bear spray accessible and knowing how to use it will give you the confidence to do the right thing (stay calm, assess the situation and respond accordingly) and not give in to the instinct to run (which can invoke the chase instinct).

Bear sightings were reported in the Cedars, adjacent to the Mt Fernie Provincial Park Campground yesterday.

For more information contact the WildSafeBC Coordinator, fernie@wildsafebc.com

 

 

Bears, biking, hiking… Do you know how to use bear spray?

Come along and learn how to respond to wildlife encFarounters and get hands on experience using inert bear spray (like the real thing but without the sting of the pepper).  Sunday July 2nd at 2pm at the Fernie Bike Park Gazebo behind the aquatic centre.

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented.  Having bear spray accessible and knowing how to use it will give you the confidence to do the right thing (stay calm, assess the situation and respond accordingly) and not give in to the instinct to run (which can invoke the chase instinct).

For more information contact the WildSafeBC Coordinator, fernie@wildsafebc.com

 

 

Grizzly bear cub seen on Fairy Creek Trail Fernie

Monday June 26.  A grizzly bear cub was seen on Fairy Creek trail (More Cowbell) on Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm and a black bear and cub were seen on Pine Avenue headed towards Coal Creek early Saturday morning.

Thank you for tagging WildSafeBC Elk Valley or Kathy Murray to share information on wildlife sightings.  This will help me target eductional efforts and put up Bear in Area signs in residential areas as needed.IMG_4137

To report human/wildlfie conflict call 1-877-952-7277.

Bear sightings reported late at night on 2nd, 3rd and 4th avenue in Fernie

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 destrucBear_Garbage_Cantion 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

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

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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