Dumping of builiding scraps and garbage on Montane acess road

Building scraps and garbage are being dumped by the new Montane development access road.  Bears have been reported on the Montane trails recently, it’s a matter of time before they follow their nose to this dumping site by a new development and the Fernie Mobile Home Park.  Please report violators to the bylaw officer on 250-423-6817 and the Conservation Officer Reporting line on 1-877-952-7277.montane garbage

Large Cinamon Bear on Montane Trail in Fernie

Tuesday June 28.

A large light brown colored black bear (could easily be mistaken for a grizzly) has been seen throughout Montane trail the last few days.  Keeping safe while travelling in bear country is simple, hike or ride with others, talk or sing to let bears know of your presence, carry bear spray and know how to use it.  Never approach or feed a bear and never run from bears.  Remember, the best bear encounter is the one you avoid.

As the Elk Valley continues to grow and develop with more people living and recreating in bear country, so does the need for education.  Over 130 front line staff from Island Lake Lodge, Fernie Alpine Resort and the Raging Elk Hostel have learned the basics of preventing encounters with wildlife and how to safely use bear spray.  Thanks for passing on your knowledge to our visitors.

To learn more about staying safe in bear country drop by our display in Fernie at Canada Day and July 2nd at WildCat Days in Elkford.  On July 3rd WildSafeBC will be doing a short session on wildlife safety and use of bear spray at the Role and Sole event in Fernie and then with the Fernie Flyers children’s mountain bike camp.

To report wildlife in conflict call the Conservation Officer Service reporting line on 1-877-952-7277

To learn more visit www.wildsafebc.comraging elk bear safety

Grizzly bear sightings on Lazy Lizard in Fernie

Friday June 24.  Grizzly bear sightings have been reported the last few days on the popular Lazy Lizard trail in Mont Fernie Provincial Park.

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented. Your best defense is to be aware of wildlife in the area.

 Make Noise to avoid a surprise encounter (use your   human voice, clap hands or two rocks together – especially near running water or in dense brush)

  • Carry a walking stick (adults can carry Bear Spray in a side holster)
  • Walk in groups
  • Keep dogs leashed and/or under voice control
  • carry bear spray, have it accessible, know how to use it

     If you encounter a Bear:

STAY CALM

  • DO NOT RUN
  • 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

Thank you for reporting human/wildlife conflict to the Conservation Officer Service reporting line

1-877-952-7277.

To share wildlife sightings with other trail users please post or message on the WildSafeBC Elk Valley Facebook page or email fernie@wildsafebc.com

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Bear and Moose Sightings on Elk Valley Trails

Tuesday June 21.  bear in tree smallerAs trail use continues to increase as does the potential for human/wildlife encounters. The Elk Valley is prime wildlife habitat so be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.

Fernie

Bear sightings reported on Canyon trail and at the top of Swine Flu. Moose sightings reported on Montane trail. Reports of female moose with calves charging at off leash dogs in West Fernie and Mt Fernie Provincial Park. Dog owners, remember that dogs chasing wildlife may provoke defensive behaviour.

Elkford

Grizzly bear sightings were reported by the Josephine Falls trailhead car park last week.

Wildlife Safety Top Tips

Make noise to warn wildlife of your presence, watch for fresh signs of wildlife activity, travel in groups in daylight, do not litter and carry bear spray and know how to use it. If you meet a bear, back away slowly and leave. Do not run. Give the bear space to escape. Never feed or approach wildlife.

Thank you for reporting human/wildlife conflict to the Conservation Officer Service reporting line

1-877-952-7277.

To share wildlife sightings with other trail users please post or message on the WildSafeBC Elk Valley Facebook page or email fernie@wildsafebc.com

 

 

Grizzly bear sighings reported by Josephine Falls parking lot in Elkford

Thursday June 16.  Grizzly bears have been reported by the Josephine Falls parking lot in Elkford.

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented. Your best defense is to be aware of wildlife in the area.

 Make Noise to avoid a surprise encounter (use your   human voice, clap hands or two rocks together – especially near running water or in dense brush)

  • Carry a walking stick (adults can carry Bear Spray in a side holster)
  • Walk in groups
  • Keep dogs leashed and/or under voice control

     If you encounter a Bear:

STAY CALM

  • DO NOT RUN
  • 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

Never Approach or Feed Wildlife

Report human/wildlife conflict to 1-877-952-7277(RAPP) or #7277 on cell.

For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict visit www.wildsafebc.comSpawood grizzly sherry

 

 

 

 

How to report wildlife sightings, encounters or emergencies

bear family from fernieAlthough there have been no recent reported wildlife sighting’s it doesn’t mean that wildlife isn’t around. The Elk Valley is wildlife country. Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime and know how to respond to encounters and prevent conflict. There were a number of grizzly bear and moose sightings reported on the Lazy Lizard trail and area in Mt Fernie Provincial Park last week. Bears may have moved on or were not seen or reported recently.

We don’t have authority to put signage on trails in the backcountry and/or close trails. Human/wildlife conflict such as wildlife showing aggressive/defensive behaviour, stalking and bluff charges must be reported to the Conservation Officer Service who will then take the appropriate course of action. If you have sightings to report on trails to share with other trail user’s thank you for posting a message on the WildSafeBC Elk Valley Facebook page or emailing fernie@wildsafebc.com.

We live in wildlife habitat. Be aware of your surroundings and respectful of the environment. If you observed dangerous wildlife

  • accessing garbage or other human supplied food sources
  • that cannot be scared off
  • a bear, cougar or wolf seen in an urban area

Call the Conservation Officer Service Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) 24 hr hotline on 1-877-952-7277. This allows officers to identify current hot spot locations and work with both residents and wildlife to encourage use of natural habitats and food sources before wildlife becomes habituated and/or a safety concern.

For more information on keeping communities’ safe and wildlife wild please visit www.wildsafebc.com, or follow us on Facebook WildSafeBC Elk Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily grizzly bear sightings on Lazy Lizard Trail in Fernie

Monday June 6.  There have been a number of mountain bikers reporting grizzly bear sightings on Lazy Lizard trail in Mount Fernie Provincial Park.  The safest encounter is one prevented. Make noise to warn bears of your presence.  Bikers, your speed and quietness put you at greater risk for sudden encounters and surprising bears at close range which may provoke defensive behaviour.

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