Bears accessing garbage left outside on Slalom Drive in Fernie

For the safety of your kids and pets keep garbage indoors until collection day.  If you have a small home and /or no garage or shed, take garbage to the bear resistant community bins located at the Aquatic centre, the arena, city hall or Max Turyk.  If you have no vehicle to do this, hopefully family, friends or a neighbour can help you with this.

The end result will be a cleaner and safer community for everyone.

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secure the garbage and bears will move on

People approaching and feeding a bear in Mt Fernie Provincial Park

People were reported approaching and “throwing food at a bear” in Mount Fernie Provincial Park on the weekend.  If you ever witness anything like this in a park contact park staff immediately if possible and call the Conservation Officer Hotline on 1-877-952-7277.  It is an offence in BC to feed wildlife.  Approaching and feeding bears contributes to habituation, they lose they fear of people; no longer behave like wild bears and often end up in conflict with people.

The bear in this picture is displaying defensive behaviour, swatting the ground with his paw and looking distressed.  The bear then ran up a tree to escape the threat (people).  This is normal behaviour for a wild bear.  Photo by Steven Szelei.

It is an offence in BC to provide food by intent or neglect to wildlife. BC Wildlife Act.

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climbing tree steve szelei

An aggressive deer has been reported on Red Cedar Drive in Sparwood

Female deer (does) can be aggressive during the fawning season (May and June).  Deer are normally timid animals but if they become habituated to humans they can become a danger.  Never approach or feed deer.

If deer are responding to your presence, you are too close.  Keep a distance of 15 to 20 metres.

If a deer does attack you, stay upright as they inflict injury by striking at their opponent with their sharp hooves.  Cover your head with your arms and back off to some form of shelter.

Keep dogs on a leash, but if deer charge towards you drop the leash so the dog can escape and try to place a solid object (tree or car) between you and the deer.

Male deer (bucks) can be aggressive during the mating season (November and December)

Deer are especially hard to remove from a neighbourhood once they have established themselves, so it is important that deer do not feel comfortable in your yard.

Please report wildlife incidents when there is a threat to human safety to the Ministry of Environment 24-hour hotline on 1-877-952-7277


Bear Showing Aggressive Behaviour Reported on Red Cedar Drive in Sparwood

June 12.  A black bear has been reported showing aggressive behaviour on Cedar Drive in Sparwood the last few days.

     If you encounter a Bear:


Let the bear know you are human (arms out to side)

Use your voice in a calm, assertive manner.

Back away slowly and allow the bear an escape route

Never turn your back on wildlife

Do not approach or feed wildlife

Call the Conservation Officer Service on 1-877-952-7277 to report human/wildlife conflict.

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Bears reported rumaging through plastic bags (recycling and garbage) on 4th Avenue in Fernie

Monday June 11.  Bears have been reported late at night over the weekend on 4th avenue, between 8 and 9th street.  They were heard rumaging through plastic bags.  If you don’t want bears on your property remove anything that may attract them.  This includes recycling.   Even empty garbage cans can attract bears. They are a visual cue as bears have learned that these containers may have residue odor and contain food!

Thanks for helping keep bears wild and people safe!

Bear Carrying Garbage - Kirk Friederich


Off leash dogs reported chasing moose in the Annex Park Fernie

Dogs and Moose don’t Mix.  Moose Safety tips

  • 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.
  • Moose are wild animals and need to be given space and privacy. 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.

For more information on moose and wildlife go to www.wildsafebc.commoose and calves





Learn how to use bear spray today Wednesday June 5th at 6pm at the Fernie Bike park gazebo

Come 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).  Wednesday June 5th at 6pm at the bike park gazebo behind the aquatic centre just before the FWOW ride.  Please be on time.

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 spray has been determined to be an effective deterrent that can reduce injury and potentially save your life. Like a seat belt, it should be considered essential safety equipment when travelling in wildlife country.

For more information on how to safety use bear spray go to